“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.
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.
Accident details may be forthcoming, but we’ve been asked to not focus on that at this time.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.