Charles Alfred ‘Chuck’ Sedgwick
The East Side lost a good man. Charles Alfred “Chuck” Sedgwick died suddenly on Jan. 5, 2012. Chuck and Judy, his wife of 56 years, have been hiking in the Sierras and living along the Eastern Sierra for the last 40 years.
You might remember Chuck more from the iconic powder blue 1978 Chevy van parked at the trailhead at Horseshoe Meadows or, more recently, at the corrals by the Shepard Pass trailhead. When not in the mountains, the blue van could be found in the parking lots of favored East Side motels.
Many stranded hikers were given rides in the back of the blue van. Many inquisitive hikers gained information from Chuck’s vast storehouse of knowledge of the Sierras.
Chuck continued backpacking as long as he could. Over the years Chuck made it to the top of many Sierra peaks. In the last season of his life, more time was spent gazing up at a much desired peak, Mount Williamson. Mount Williamson eluded him despite several attempts. Last winter’s heavy snowpack kept him from one last try.
Chuck will always be remembered for his gentle demeanor, generous heart and love of the mountains and deserts.
(Submitted by Clark Trowell)