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Jim Nelson


JIM NELSON, a native Northwesterner, is a professional mountain guide, climber, and mountain-shop owner. He has spent more than thirty years climbing year-round in the Cascades, the past nineteen of those teaching, guiding, and advising on equipment. Nelson has guided clients of all abilities up diverse routes in virtually every corner of the range during all seasons. He has established more than a dozen first ascents in the Cascades. Nelson's experience climbing in the Cascades amounts to decades of exhaustive research for Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Volumes 1 & 2. He is uniquely qualified to assess and evaluate the relative merits of the thousands of routes in the range. He is also a photographer whose mountain images have graced catalog covers and appeared in books and magazines. Nelson has climbed in the Sierra Nevada; the Coast, Purcell, Selkirk, and Rocky Mountain Ranges of British Columbia; the Karakoram; and Alaska, where he made the second ascent of Infinite Spur on Mount Foraker.