Memorial plaque on Sewrey's Roof at Camelback Mtn, Arizona
Bill was a one-of-a-kind, unique individual and a special friend to so many people. Of all the people that knew him or dealt with him in the stores, I never heard anyone that ever said anything but praise for him. So kind and caring, but with a unique sense of humor and a great twist on life and all of its activities. When we moved to AZ, Pat and I knew almost nothing about backpacking. I wandered into the Hi Adventure store when it was on the west side of Phoenix on a lunch break, and he immediately took us under his wings. Still remember the first time he took me on a BP trip into the Sups.
Thanks for the photo reminders of such a great guy that made such a difference in so many people.
- Ron Sigler
To Tom Kreuser and Art Christiansen,
Well that's pretty wild. I have been searching for my Bill Sewrey memorial book for a few weeks now and suddenly Thursday it surfaced. Then I came across it again and again on the same day. I was like "Bill you hid from me and now you are not going away!" Then yesterday Ashby texted saying hello, Ashby Robinson with the Vertical Archaeology website (great site showing climbing gear) and the first post that pops up is a LONGware Tpin piton that I traded Ashby a while ago for a special one of a kind Dolt nut. The LONGware Tpin piton is a tough item to find but Ashby tempted
Tom Kreuser to MK,
Another reply to Bill's birthday email…from Carolyn Schmitz. Artist and friend of Bill’s. She painted climbers, scenes, animals on the walls of Desert Mountain Sports, Bill’s store. Even a small scorpion at ground level in the dressing room. - Tom
MK - So the artist was Carolyn Schmitz, hmmmm. When the Desert Mountain Sports store closed, Keith Burdette gave me the front door key for the museum. I returned to the store shortly afterwards with a saw to cut out and save the art pieces painted on the walls of
Three pieces of gear from Bill Sewrey's rack that was on display for years at the Desert Mountain Sports store - Indian School rd location. When the store closed, Keith Burdettte donated them to the museum. MoAc nut, US Army carabiner and Leeper bolt hanger all from the mid 1960s.
Photo of Bill Sewrey in the Desert Mountain Sports store, Campbell road location. Photo donated by Art Christiansen.