Tuesday, August 17, 2010

RIP John F. Wilkinson 1940-2010

A really good hiking buddy, John F. Wilkinson, died yesterday. Rest in peace John. You will be fondly remembered by me. I loved it that you kept asking me to be your co-leader on these long challenging hikes despite my slow pace. I felt like we were a good team with me doing the sweeping and you up front with the fast folks. Somehow it was never a problem that I was slow and you were fast. It made for a welcoming hike for all participants. I also loved the Lost Coast backpacks I did with you. I'll remember the long steep hikes up to the ridge tops and the rain soaked night on the beach. I'll miss your stories of hikes I wasn't on where you talked about all your backpack trips and the adventures that ensued.



Redwood City Woman said...

Cathy, Thank you for these nice words about John. He was also a strong advocate for our State Parks and the Wilderness. I hope that all the people who's lives he touched will become a force for protecting the places he loved and worked so hard for.

That would truly be a lasting memorial to this kind and gentle man.

Also touched...

Paul said...

Thank you, Cathy for posting this. I just found out John passed away. We walked together in the White Mountains a few times. He was a very dedicated and gentle defender of wild places. Do you know if there was an obituary published in a local paper in the South Bay?
Thank you again,

cdrdash said...


There was no obituary published in a local paper.