Don and Vivienne’s Personal Memories

Don has enjoyed trekking, mountain climbing, rock climbing, canyoneering and packrafting all over the world. These include: Many nights “below the rim” in the Grand Canyon; trekking in Nepal (Annapurna Base Camp [1970]; Mukinaith-Manang & Everest region of Nepal [1975]; Goropani & Tiger Tops, Nepal [1990]; Trekking in Ruenzori Mountains of Uganda during reign of Adi Amin [1977]; climb of Chopicalqui in Peru; Packrafting the upper Barranca del Cobre (Mexico) from Puente Umirá Bridge to Urique [1975]; climb of Mt. Cook in New Zealand (1970). Don taught rock climbing and winter mountaineering, and was involved in mountain rescue in NM for many years. He was chairman of the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council from 1965 to 1977.

Vivienne has joined Don trekking the Milford Track in New Zealand, areas of Nepal, the Grand Canyon, and of course the mountain trails in NM and AZ. They both still enjoy traveling and have also visited together wonderful parts of Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Australia, Tasmania, Japan, Iceland, Galapagos, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, and Europe, including Italy, Crete, Greece, and the UK.  The mountains and lakes in New Mexico are home to us both now for over 30 years. Our office/home is located in the foothills of the Sandias, and was once described as a “museum with a soul” by a special friend and member of the SVC Program Committee, who enjoyed a lunch meeting in our home. That was the most amazing compliment that anyone could have ever given to us – as we discussed rugs, pottery, Kachina dolls, musical instruments from the southwestern areas of the US, and other treasures that had been collected on our travels.