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Boundary Peak, NV 2000

CA  Climbing Trip 2000

Being goofy somewhere out West

Mt. Whitney 2000

The dogs

My Whitney 2000

Gannett Peak Wyoming 2002


With her new Impulse early 90's


Assateague 1997

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At Lewis Ginter

January 24, 2006

Dear Friends of Karen,


First I would like to thank everyone for their abundant kindness and outpouring of support and sympathy in this toughest of times. It is so truly amazing.

There are so many thoughts to share on this subject, but I wanted to let everyone know as soon as possible about the services for Karen. For this I would like to apologize for the brevity of this note.


The arrangements for our friend Karen are as follows…


The memorial ceremony for friends and family to remember her life will be held at 1:00 Saturday, Jan. 28th at Robious Landing Park.

(3800 James River Rd. This is off Robious Rd. behind James River H.S.)


Following this ceremony everyone is invited to Karen’s house in Midlothian for a reception. Directions to Karen’s house will be given at the memorial ceremony. If you can’t make the ceremony, but need directions to her house, please contact me, (c) 338-5316 or velzyg at verizon.net .


Again, I would like to extend my deepest thanks and gratitude to all.




January 21, 2006
For those of you who have not heard, I am terribly sorry to pass along the news of the loss of stalwart JROC member Karen Abse.  Karen was kayaking and was caught in the tree strainer at the base of Hollywood rapid today around 11am, her body was recovered a couple of hours later. A huge number of people assisted to try to rescue her.  To all, thank you for your efforts.  Many put forth heroic rescue attempts.

Many of us are in shock and will take time to fully understand this loss……….Karen was a vibrant member of our outdoor community, energetic and easy going, and yet rock solid to the core.

I can say a lot but will say little here.  We will gather tomorrow at the new takeout at noon to talk openly of our loss, her spirit, and of our desire to preserve her memory.

The river gives so much, sometimes the river takes away.  I believe it has always been that way.

Very sadly-





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