are excerpts from an article written by Outdoors columnist Tom Stienstra
for the San Francisco Chronicle. The article first appeared on January
Galen Rowell is venturing this week to Antarctica
for three weeks on a photo trek. Ed Rice is returning after three
weeks in Venezuela, fly fishing unknown waters. Carole Latimer is
heading to Hawaii, guiding a week-long hiking and kayaking expedition.
Brian Robinson is finally coming to terms with the reality of hiking
7,200 miles to complete the Triple Crown of America's three greatest
trails in a single year.
John Muir, if he were alive, would probably want
to join all of these adventures, but only after perhaps snow-shoeing
across Yosemite Valley, then writing an essay for the Sierra Club,
which he founded. These five people all share a paramount scope
of outdoor adventure, as well as a special ability to inspire thousands
of others in the outdoors.
That is why they have been selected as the charter
members of the California Outdoors Hall of Fame, to be officially
awarded next Saturday at the International Sportsmen's Exposition
in San Mateo.
No other person in America has introduced more women
to the outdoor experience than Carole Latimer. As a guide, outfitter
and owner of "Call of the Wild, " Latimer has taken more than 3,000
women camping, backpacking, hiking and kayaking, many for the first
In the process, she has summited Mount Whitney 23
times, including rock-climbing the east face, traversed most of
the Sierra Nevada, and ventured across the hemisphere, including
trips to Denali, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Grand
Canyon and Rocky Mountains.
Latimer has pioneered a unique approach to camping
for women by emphasizing self-reliance, gourmet food, sleeping comfort
and staying clean, such as ways to bathe in a garbage bag.
By teaching Leave No Trace, she has demonstrated
the ethical use of wilderness for thousands of new-comers. In addition,
her wilderness meal recipes have generated a cult-like following
Latimer lives in Berkeley, where her business is
based. A personal glimpse: "Women blossom when they leave behind
the expectations of their everyday lives, and meet the challenge
of the outdoors with the support and enthusiasm of other women."