| Robin Brooks remembered
Theres Banner. Theres Ritter. Ever the professor, Robin Brooks
coursed through the High Sierra naming every peak, every flower and much of the
wildlife we chanced to see. But Robin was much more than a modern day Lineaus.
In the mountains, Robin was a blaze of energy. While we rested he would be examining
our prospective route, scouting out our next water source or searching for the
perfect camping site. Bounding back to our recumbent bodies, the human Mountain
Goat that was Robin would say, Up and atem. Great view from the top
of that knob. And we would get up and atem. Robin was a force not
to be denied. Wonderful trips.
||Robin Brooks in Humphrey's Basin, July
Back, and energized by our exhilarating mountain sojourn, the environmentalist
Robin would again pick up the traces and descend to the trenches to continue the
fight. Not content just to enjoy the world, he was an unstoppable activist when
it came to defending nature. His energetic contribution to the Sierra Club and
other environmental organizations was legendary.
I send Robin thanks for our trips and for our time together with the Sierra Club.
My sympathies to Kathy. All the best to you Robin. Now, Up and atem
as you begin your new journey. Chris Broadwell
Robin Brooks outings leader and activist
Sierra Club mourns the passing of Robin Brooks, 75, an active outings leader for
over 30 years for both the local Santa Cruz Group and the National Outings program.
Robin was initially given a gift membership to the Sierra Club in 1964. Rarely
has a gift had a more bountiful result.
After taking the national outings leadership training program, Robin started by
leading Base Camp and Family Trips, then backpacks, and eventually leading trips
to Alaska, India, Greece, and the English Lake Country among other places.
In the 1960s he was recognized by the National Sierra Club for his work in environmental
education with public schools. During the 1980s, Brooks served two terms as Chair
of the Group Executive Committee from 1981-82 and from 1984-85. He also served
terms on the Conservation Committee and the Political Committee.
Brooks had a Ph.D. in history and taught at Hayward State University and San Jose
State University before he retired in the mid 1990s. He moved to Capitola in 1978
and later resided in Aptos. After his retirement from leading national trips,
Brooks often planned and led trips for friends. He was well known for his backpacking
expertise and freely shared that knowledge with others. For the last few years,
Brooks, his wife Katherine and other friends used horses and llamas to carry their
gear as they continued to hike in the Sierra and Colorado.
The regeneration Robin and Katherine got from their trips was translated to energy
for fighting environmental battles upon their return. The Sierra Club and all
of us owe much to Robin Brooks, leader and environmentalist. The world is a better
place for his visit.
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