He has guided extensively throughout the Adirondacks, New Hampshire, and Maine since 1967. An Adirondack 46er since 1962 (#244), and Northeast 111er since 1992 (#217), Don finished the Northeast 111 in winter in 2010 (#54). Yet on foot or by paddle, he has a strong preference for being off the regular routes in the Cold River Valley at least as well as looking at it from the summit of Donaldson. A school teacher in Lake Placid since 1990, Don founded the school-based Lake Placid Outing Club in 1993, and is equally at home with grade-schoolers, extended college orientation trips, or relaxed-pace “AA” climbs of the trail-less peaks, hence the AARP trips. In fact, having guided the only known 28-hour ascent of Seward to finish the oldest recorded 46er, Don may claim to be the Adirondacks’ most patient guide.
Specialties: Hiking, finishing 46ers, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, snowshoeing.