Dr Graeme Nelson – RIP


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | August 30, 2011      

“Dr Graeme Nelson was a keen reader of WildSnow, and a regular poster.” Those words flew in with heavy wings a few days ago. Our sport has its dangers, and once in a while a beloved “WildSnower” doesn’t return from a trip. This past August 24, Graeme was ski mountaineering in Australia (his home) and took a sliding fall on hard snow, resulting in his death. News report here.

The late Dr. Graeme Nelson, backcountry skier.

The late Dr. Graeme Nelson backcountry skiing in Australia, 2009.

I’m having a tough time writing this. We’re a community here. Despite most of us not having met each other. Despite our divergent views. We have a common bond in that we go to the mountains, and receive something special that we just KNOW that other guy has experienced. We get to know each other as guest bloggers, through our comment threads, or when we do finally meet in person on the trail, at a tradeshow, or even in a grocery checkout line or airport baggage claim (I’ve had both happen, several times.)

But mostly, we develop our relationships when we take the time and sometimes emotional risk of doing public comments on blog posts. Graeme was one such commenter, and I always appreciated his chiming in on diverse subjects.

Most of the comments under the name “Graeme” on WildSnow.com are from Dr. Nelson, you can search for a few of them here, but there are many more beyond the search results.

We offer condolences to Graeme’s family and friends. If you feel called to do so, you can donate in memory of Dr Grame Nelson. We put one in there from WildSnow. Least we could do. Also, feel free to leave condolences as comments on this blog post.

Tribute thread at ski.com.au.

Accident details may be forthcoming, but we’ve been asked to not focus on that at this time.



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5 Responses to “Dr Graeme Nelson – RIP”

  1. Hojo August 30th, 2011 2:29 pm

    It’s always sad to lose someone to an accident. Infinity more so for the family.

  2. Mark W August 31st, 2011 9:05 am

    Very sorry to hear of his passing. His comments always seemed deeply committed and thoughtful on the subject of backcountry skiing. Condolences to his family and friends.

  3. Mike Marolt August 31st, 2011 8:33 pm

    So sorry to read this. I know how tough it is to lose family and friends to skiing. Thoughts and prayers to you.

  4. E Nelson September 21st, 2011 2:04 am

    On behalf of Graeme’s family, thank you Wildsnow for donating to MSF (Doctors without Borders) in his memory, as well as for the caring comments.
    It’s amazing how many people’s lives he touched, all over the world.

  5. Lou September 21st, 2011 5:46 am

    Least we could do, sorry for your loss…

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