Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My tribute to Lyall Campbell RIP

I've travelled with some pretty awesome people on my journeys, and one of the awesomest was Lyall Campbell of Hawea, who recently made the final journey exiting this realm.

At the helm of Elwing in Port Pegasus autumn 2006. She was in her element on this trip... the chance to realise another dream, another expedition. I took this shot just an hour after our return from a traverse of Bald Cone. Not a large mountain by any means but considering the latitude, the route and her age.. well it was a great day out...
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Bald Cone...
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The day before we'd been on Magog, and that was a long way! Here she is trundling along - the one with the stick...
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Gog on the left, Magog on the right...
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The view from Magog - our route from Port Pegasus. That's my son Dougal there age about 13 yrs. Lyall in her seventies was an example to us all of what a postitive attitude and a steady pace is all about...
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I found her to be the perfect expeditioner: thoughtful, considerate, kind, witty and wise. When she spoke it was always to give us gifts and insights...
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Many years ago this was the country, the Olivine Ice Plateau, she chose for her honeymoon with her late husband Bruce...
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She squeezed in another expedition in 2008 to Preservation in Fiordland - here she is in the center seat flying out. She was so so delighted to have lived yet another dream - a bonus one I think was how she saw it...
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Preservation Inlet - the landing beach that gives access to Puyesgur Point lighthouse. Fiordland National Park...
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The view west from the historic Puyesgur Point lighthouse...
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I first met her at the Snow Farm, where she was always a real "ski friend" to everyone, adults and children alike. She'd spend hours passing on what she'd learnt about the complex sport of nordic skiing, and being a retired teacher she knew how to do this. Here she is racing in about 2005...
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Bye for now Lyall, and thanks not only for the times in the hills, and the inspirational way you grew old, but for the cups of tea, friendship, and home made bread. I for one am going to miss you

See more on Preservation Inlet here

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Donald,

Our paths, our lives semm to link, or crossover a lot. I was deeply moved by your posting about Lyall Campbell. When i was a teenager in the Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club, I saw quite a lot of Bruce and Lyall Campbell. I remember them as a humble, quiet couple, with mountains of wisdom and I learned from them. I didn't know Bruce had passed away. May he and Lyall cross that great Divide together and enjoy looking down on the Olivines. I an so pleased people who gave so much to the hills and those who venture into them, are remembered by you. You are a gentle caring soul my dear Donald.

July 1, 2011 at 3:03 PM  

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