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Social climber
Nov 19, 2017 - 09:07am PT
hey there, say, velvet! :( oh my, this is very awful... very sad...

my condolences to his family and loved ones... :(


Sport climber
where the heart was
Nov 19, 2017 - 09:28am PT
his carbon is back within the matrix.

i hope some of mine merries up with his
and we, together as some future entity
author a proud mutual reality.

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 19, 2017 - 10:12am PT
Another brutal loss. 2017 has been a trying year.

Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
Nov 19, 2017 - 10:41am PT
Iím sorry to hear this tragic news. I didnít know Niels but Iíve heard so much about him over the years. So many wild stories from all the monkeys. I hope those stories are never lost or forgotten.

Sad day for the tribe...

I donít know the details of the accident but when heroís like Niels and Richie fall it reminds us never to let our guard down. 😪

Nov 19, 2017 - 01:46pm PT
Iíll miss Niels deeply. My sincere condolences to Nielsí parents and sister, you Lib, and everyone else who had the chance to share time with him.

Sadness ...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 19, 2017 - 02:21pm PT
I can only add my condolences here, especially to Libby.

You've had a rough patch here lately, kid.

I wish a handstand could help, but can't do them any longer.

Heaven Headquarters, CA
Nov 19, 2017 - 05:05pm PT
That time Niels plugged his pottery wheel into the Camp 4 bathrooms and we threw mugs together in the middle of the walkway.

Trad climber
Nov 19, 2017 - 08:25pm PT
Damn terrible loss

Another gem moved onto the next life

Sorry to those that were close to him ;-(

Trad climber
Nov 19, 2017 - 09:09pm PT
This one time, on Freerider, Niels rapped in to Long Ledge with a food and water drop, insisting that he could long line it to us at Sois Le Tois. We were dubious of his tactics, but it did in fact land right at us. He saved us. Then, he proceeded to rap the headwall and microtraxion it out, CLEAN. All the while talking to me as I lead the first Enduro Corner. At one point, I had to tell him to stop distracting me so I could climb the crux.

Passionate, impulsive, flashy, talented, tormented, a whirlwind of poetics and science, here one day and hidden the next. Niels was a ridiculous human. F*#k...
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Nov 19, 2017 - 09:24pm PT
Super bummed to hear.
While I did not know Niels it's always tough losing someone you care for.
Condolences to all Niels family and friends:(

Social climber
Nov 19, 2017 - 09:57pm PT
hey there say, mousey... oh my...

thank you for sharing this... thank you for teaching who
this climber was...

as to this 'skill' of his,
what a really neat, sweet, and fun thing
to do! THERE...

Nov 19, 2017 - 05:05pm PT
That time Niels plugged his pottery wheel into the Camp 4 bathrooms and we threw mugs together in the middle of the walkway.
The Abundant Ambassador

Social climber
Reno, NV
Nov 19, 2017 - 10:03pm PT
Truly, one of the most magical unicorns I have ever met!
The Abundant Ambassador

Social climber
Reno, NV
Nov 19, 2017 - 10:19pm PT
Some appropriate words from his mouth last month-
"Attachment. Well there's the rub. To recognize that we all must pass from this world, that even our loved ones too are but temporary visitors. Where then does the possesiveness and betrayal that people feel for one another?
I was just reading an exercise in one of the dalai lama's books where, in order to express true compassionate equinimity(not just to your identified tribe), one visualizes circumstances of friendship dissolving or loved ones doing harm so as to free the mind from attachments to a distorted reality. Which is a lot of words to say, the inward journey is the last true adventure. "

Social climber
joshua tree
Nov 19, 2017 - 10:46pm PT
a very unfortunate loss to the tribe

Sincere condolences to Niels family

RIP young monkey

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA/Joshua Tree
Nov 19, 2017 - 11:21pm PT

Never met this wonderful soul but he helped so many in Nepal and Africa with the gift of sight as he and Timmy O'Neill got trained as ophthalmology techs a few years back to help in Dr.Geoff Tabin's Himalayan Cataract Project. That's some serious medical commitment. People in far off lands are now able to see this beautiful world through Niels' volunteer efforts. Have followed their amazing and inspirational work. What a huge loss.

Such insanely talented climber, and so kind and selfless. RIP. Awful to lose such a valued member of our community. Just remember all of those people who he helped give the gift of sight. Very few of us can pass on without doing such inspiring and life-changing work for total strangers.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Nov 20, 2017 - 07:15am PT

I'm tired of bitching about nice people passing away. Maybe our climbing community is simply full of good guys and ladies? Niels was very fun to hang out with, even though he was like a phantom, he is here and in a few minutes he was somewhere else. I ran into him in random places and always enjoyed his positive go for it attitude. Last year I took a few nice shots of him sending this 5.13 at Indian Creek. He had a f*#king smile on his face through the powerful, overhanging crux with thin fingers and very shitty feet. His spirit will live in within those that had the pleasure to interact with him on earth. Really hope that we do have souls and move on to a better place...people like him deserve a better place.
Dan McDevitt

Social climber
tioga cliff or fifi buttress
Nov 20, 2017 - 11:00am PT
Niels was the friendliest badass climber i've ever known. Glad i was able to hang with him. Here's some shots from a few years ago. Gonna miss you buddy


Social climber
Nov 20, 2017 - 06:47pm PT
Definitely a larger than life kind of guy. Last I heard he was gettin his ranch on the east side all squared away. Too damn sad..

Social climber
joshua tree
Nov 20, 2017 - 08:06pm PT
Beautiful pics Dan!

Nov 21, 2017 - 12:43am PT
We didnít do a lot together, but got way out there when we did; farther out there than I know heíd want me to detail. Our relationship wasnít built around rocks and ropes, but loss, the physical world weíre stuck in, and improving our own mental condition. We pushed and challenged each other with the subtly of our words and I owed him a debt of gratitude I donít feel was ever fully expressed. It hurts much to hear this. My heart goes out to Libby and his parents.

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