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24 The Alpine Club of Canada Gazette Summer 2018 by beth Frank H erb Kariel came by his love of the outdoors naturally. Growing up in Germany, he would go on nature walks with his father along the banks of the Elbe River near Dresden. He brought that appreciation for the environment with him when his family emigrated to the United States when he was 11, escaping the violence of pre‑ war Germany. It wasn't long before he was smitten with the Cascadian landscape of the Pacific West Coast. "I really think his love of nature was born into him," says his son, Doug Kariel of Athabasca, Alberta. "He had a deep connection to the beauty of the mountains. It was an escape. It kept his soul going." Herb's studies and work as a teacher and university professor took him to many places, including California, Oregon, Iowa, New Zealand and Washington State before he settled in as a professor of geography at the University of Calgary, specializing in social geog‑ raphy and mountain tourism. "Calgary was a great place for him because it provided so many mountain escapes," Doug said. "He used to say there were so many peaks to climb there that he'd never get to them all." Doug remembers family vacations, camping and hiking to various spots around North America. "He instilled in me a love for the wilderness, for hiking and exploring, but I never became a climber. I don't like getting up at four in the morning," he said with a laugh. Herb's passion was safety, he added. "He was a very, very careful climber and used to say the whole point of the exercise was to get there, but to make sure you got back, too," Doug said. "He had a healthy respect for the mountains, and he didn't take chances." When the family was living in Bellingham, Washington, Herb joined a mountain rescue group. Doug remembers being asked to "play victim" frequently when he was young as part of their prac‑ tice drills. "ey'd put me in a toboggan with ropes on the sides and carry me up and down the hill." Herb's devotion to the environment led him to join many organizations, including the Boy Scouts, the North The ACC community gives back: Herb Kariel Cascades Conservation Council, the Olympic Parks Association and the Alberta Wilderness Association. He and his wife, Patricia helped found the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Sierra Club, and after moving to Calgary, the Prairie Chapter. As a Life Member of e Alpine Club of Canada, he served in several volunteer positions, including chair of the Huts Committee. He was recognized with the Silver Rope for mountaineering leadership (1980) and the Distinguished Service Award (1988). Herb authored many academic articles and books, and with Pat wrote Alpine Huts in the Rockies, Selkirks and Purcells, published by e Alpine Club of Canada in 1986. "I don't think nature is here only to use," Herb was quoted saying a few years before his death. "We are part of nature, not apart from it. We have to make sure we use it wisely." Herb was an avid volunteer, donating his time and skill to "whatever needed to be done." When it came time to plan his estate, he left funds and securities to the ACC. "My father taught me to contribute wherever I could," Herb once said. Adds Doug: "He wanted to give something back to the ACC, an organ‑ ization that had given so much to his enjoyment of life." To learn more about the benefits of legacy giving, visit How to Give on the Club's website at, or contact Jolene Livingston at jolene@alpineclubof-

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