IN MEMORIAM
The Way In
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GUNNAR LJUNGSTRAND (1967 - 2001)
Gunnar Ljungstrand was a core poster at alt.out-of-body for a number of years.  He was a professional graphics designer and an enthusiast of computer technology.  Besides OBEs, lucid dreams and paranormal phenomena, Gunnar had a strong interest in astronomy -- even conducting shows and classes on the subject in his native Sweden -- and the earth sciences.  He liked hiking in the mountains and, especially, on glaciers.  He also enjoyed fantasy fiction, in particular the Elfquest comics of Wendy and Richard Pini.  A cat lover, he was an advocate of animal rights as well as other liberal causes such as Information Freedom.  He died in Norway on June 27, 2001 in an accident on one of his beloved glaciers.
Well, we all gotta die sometime, isn't that so?  There are dangers to be sure: 20 m. deep crevasses hidden under snow, even deeper moulins (up to a few m. wide vertical shafts in the ice), unexpected ice avalanches, etc.  I don't recommend novices to get onto glaciers on their own without the right equipment and competent guides.

But it is so gorgeous there: ice with a color so blue it almost beggars description -- even in bad weather; savagely crevassed icefalls with ice towers reminiscent of fantasy castles; meandering meltwater streams incised into the ice surface; cracking and creaking noises; vast, gently undulating pristine snowfields in the upper parts -- glaciers seem almost
alive.

Oh, excuse me -- I got carried away.  Happens sometimes when I write about glaciers.  Anyway, it's really nice there.

--Gunnar, 1998
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Gunnar on OBEs
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