Donald Glen Berryman
Don Berryman was born in Victoria on August 2, 1958. He attended Esquimalt Secondary and then the University of Victoria where he received a B.Sc in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1981. For three years he worked for Debrocky Seatec, a small oceanographic company in Sidney as a computer tech, then from 1983 to 1994 he worked for Defense Research Establishment Pacific, an agency of the Department of National Defence (DND), again as a computer tech. Since 1994 he has worked for the BC Government as a Senior Software Engineer for the Ministry of Attorney General.
Don's interest in the outdoors began with his family when they went fishing and camping but in 1971 his family hiked the West Coast Trail which Don found challenging but rewarding. During his first year at UVic he signed up with the mountaineering club. His first trip was in the fall of 1978 to Mount Arrowsmith and his instructor was Sandy Briggs.
In the early years Don partook in many trips with the UVic Mountaineering Club. Although there were a few local trips on the island, a majority of the trips were to the lower mainland where there were good guide books and route descriptions for the mountains. Gradually Don's knowledge of the island increased and he undertook more island trips.
In 1983 while Sandy Briggs was living in Zurich, Switzerland, Don decided to join Sandy for two months of climbing in July and August. They had a very successful two months and major ascents included the Dom, the Matterhorn, the Dufourspitze and the Finsteraarhorn.
It was around this time that Don joined the ACCVI and met some of the other influential climbers in the club and climbed with them. He traveled to New Zealand in 1985 with Wendy Richardson and climbed a couple of the volcanoes in the North Island. In 1986 he joined Sandy Briggs, Rob Macdonald and Rick Eppler on a trip to the Yukon where they attempted Mount Vancouver but the weather failed to cooperate. In the fall of 1987 Don was the second person to complete the Island Qualifiers after Rick Eppler and in 1988 his wife Wendy accomplished her IQ's (the first woman).
At the time the Vancouver Island section of the Alpine Club of Canada was struggling and just barely making ends meet. Although the trip schedule was always full there was only just enough money to print the Island Bushwhackers each year and to fund an annual banquet. Don was asked to take over the Chairs reins which he did for two years: 1986-1987. During that time he received a called asking if the club would sponsor the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Don's executive team took on the challenge and at the end of the show the club had made a significant profit and that was the beginning of a long and successful association between the Film Festival and the section.
late 1970's and the early 1990's Don made hundreds of ascents on the island,
in the Coast Mountains, around Garibaldi Park, the Tantalus Range, Mount
Baker and the Olympic Mountains, and a couple of trips to the Rockies.
Many of his trips were with his wife Wendy and his close friend Sandy
Briggs. Don and Wendy both gradually hung their climbing boots up to pursue
other interests but there are numerous reminders around their house of
their mountain days. Now Don and Wendy have taken up Ballroom Dancing
and they continue to love traveling: Portugal, Hawaii, New Zealand, Sweden,
the Caribbean and river cruises in France and Holland.
Macdonald, Rob. "Baby Munday." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (Autumn 1985) Vol. 13:3. p. 3.
Macdonald, Rob. "Matier, Joffre, and 'Rex's Pillar'." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (Autumn 1985) Vol. 13:3. p. 7.
Berryman, Don. "Crown Mountain." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section. 1992. p. 10-12.
Illner, Reinhard. "Mt. Splendour." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section. 1993. p. 18-21.