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Outsiders: Diane Pearson

Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2007

Age: 55.

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Occupation: innkeeper, travel consultant, certified wedding planner and owner of Pearson's Pond Luxury Inn & Adventure Spa.

Favorite outdoor sport: kayaking, ice climbing, trekking on the glacier and rappelling.

Favorite outdoor spot: Our own dock. I like listening to the waterfall and watching the little ducks and looking at the glacier. Another nice spot I enjoy in Juneau is Sunshine Cove.

Favorite outdoor memory: I was 50 years old when I took up ice climbing and glacier trekking. I went up the glacier with a group of six women and a guy. We had female guides with us, which I thought was wonderful, and I found it very empowering that I could be 50 years old and still do it.

It was really fun, and we did two days of ice trekking and an overnight camp.

And than I also started doing more and more glacier weddings. I plan many weddings, and we often fly up onto the glacier for the ceremony. That is really fun.

Close call: We kayaked from the Visitors Center at Photo Point and went over, passed the waterfall, to the right hand of the glacier, and there was that little shelf there, so we took a running start and landed on it. We got out, we had our crampons and ice axes and we were ready to go trekking on the glacier. It was pretty cool to able to kayak and trek.

We noticed this big loose boulder, and we pushed on it and it didn't seem real stable. We turned around, getting stuff settled ... and turned around again and a minute later that rock, which was about as big as a dining table was on top of the kayak.

So we were stuck way out on the glacier shelf. We started rocking this boulder, trying to get our kayak out and our paddles. After about 20 to 30 minutes, we finally got our kayak out and about another 20 to 30 minutes to get our paddles out. When we finally got them out, one of the paddles was straight, the other one was cockeyed. So the whole way home it was like limping.

•Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.



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