Meg Sikkim 2010

Preparing for the Sikkim trek 2010

When she’s not traveling the world, MEG NOBLE PETERSON is based on Whidbey Island, Washington. She has loved travel ever since she was a student at Syracuse University and accompanied the Quaker International Voluntary Service (QIVS) team to Europe in 1949 to help rebuild hospitals and schools destroyed during World War II. And she has been passionate about hiking ever since her parents took her up Mt. Washington in New Hampshire at the age of nine.

Her international adventures include backpacking and hitch-hiking with her children through Western Europe in 1973; traveling behind the Iron Curtain in the 1980s; running two international symposia in France and Denmark; two around-the-world solo backpacking trips in 1987 and 1996;  walking across England in 1999; treks in Tibet, Sikkim, Nepal, India, Peru (hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu), Norway, Sweden, Ladakh, Myanmar, Bhutan, and Tanzania; and solo trips to Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Indochina, and Africa. Most summers will find her climbing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or the Cascade and Olympic mountains of Washington.

For specific locations of Meg’s travel visit the Map Page on this website.

She also served as educational director of Oscar Schmidt International for twenty years, and ran the international organization, Music Education for the Handicapped, for seven years. In addition to her book, Madam, Have You Ever Really Been Happy? An Intimate Journey through Africa and Asia (June 2005), she has written 38 music and method books for the Autoharp, co-authored two texts in the field of music education, and co-authored a play, Thank You, Dear, which was produced in Deerfield, MA. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and New York Newsday.

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Everest, Lhotse, and the Nuptse ridge from Thangboche Monastery. Photo taken during Everest Base Camp trek, March 1988.