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Shaun 'Shaggy' Kratzer killed in Himalayan Kashmir

5:13:04 PM
Vale and RIP Shaggy.
8:30:44 PM
This is unbelievably awful news - Shaggy is an awesome person. I don't believe I ever saw him without a smile on his face. One such smile I recall seeing was when he was happily walking barefoot in the freshly laid concrete down at Burnley (even after he'd been there since some ungodly hour of the morning, and was still there after all of us had departed in exhaustion). Next time you're playing around on the 45 degree wall (wall 3), cast your eyes downwards and know his footprints are cemented in time, in the concrete, beneath the rubber matting.

Here's something else he left in the concrete;

Rest in peace Shaggy

9:19:45 PM
Shaggy would have been making some incredible tele turns in the Himalayan hills, and I’m sure he had a smile on his face before the snow broke.
Shaggy died in an amazing place.
Although he was taken from us at such a young age, he lived a good life, day to day, without many limitations and with little inhibition.
We’ll see you in the great white brotha’>
9:45:12 PM
Another goes in the beautiful, terrible mountains.
9:45:25 PM
What I wrote on


Shaggy was a great bloke. I was just looking at the skis he set up for me a few months ago, last night.

My condolences to Athena, family, and friends.

Shaggy, our thoughts are with you, RIP.

:( "

10:06:22 PM
The first time I met Shaggy he stole my zucchini - I didn't know whether to be outraged or impressed at the nonchalance with which he appropriated it - and when I pointed it out he just said he'd cook me dinner. I think I'd met him about two minutes earlier. I remember wicked days chewing through easy climbs i'd never heard of in Central Gully as Shaggy was climbing "everything" at Araps, well if I could do that before I died I'd certainly die happy.
RIP Shaggy, I'll miss you

10:42:34 PM
awful thing to hear ... my sympathies go to all who knew him better than I...

11:00:58 PM
This is shocking.
i didn't really know him but i had the privillage of meeting him at the tennis court up on the Pharos one year.
He seemed to be a great person and will be missed greatly.

My sincere condolences to his friends and family, may he rest in peace.
10:16:38 AM
the real beginning of our friendship was when he swiped the MUMC banner off a tent in the cathedrals
and put it up a tree. he then did it again at easter and put it in the organ pipes....... funny bastard RIP
10:57:09 AM
Every time we bumped into Shaggy at the pines or at the Mobil in Beaufort on a friday night, even though we barely knew him, he'd always be friendly, full of life, say hello and be wearing a smile...

1:14:09 PM
why do we always loose the good ones ...?

5:28:02 PM
You are right Richard.
My condolences to family and friends.

We have indeed lost a good person.

9:57:01 PM
We only met Shaggy a few times during the 05/06 summer at Araps. He was introduced as the "mayor of the pines". That he was!!!!! His meet and greet, was second to none....
Condolences to his family and all who were close to him..
Peace out Shaggy....
Andy and Briony...

11:16:43 PM
Oh what a shame to lose such a great guy.. I've had many an adventure with him and remember well his cheeky grin as he suggested some mischief which i usually partook with glee..

Won't forget you man, you were a friend to many and I'm happy to have been one of them. RIP bro.

11:32:43 AM
this was in the herald sun on thursday; a good article i think.

A VICTORIAN climber and skier killed in an avalanche in the Himalayas was a great mate and an inspiration to all, friends said today.

Shaun "Shaggy" Kratzer, 31, died yesterday while skiing at a height of 4,000m near Apherwat mountain at Gulmarg, a popular resort outside Srinagar in Indian Kashmir.

Today, members of Melbourne's climbing community remembered a man "who was great to have around and who had plenty of time for everyone."

"He was a good bloke, and a great character. He was someone who I enjoyed bantering with a lot," fellow climber Simon Mentz told AAP.

"He was respected for his knowledge of the climbing scene but equally he was not a gun climber, not a risk-taker - Shaun was pretty cautious and conservative.

"He brought to the scene an interest that extended beyond the ego-driven world of climbing.

"He had time for everyone around him and what they got up to.

"He would climb with a wide range of people, novice climbers and others new to the scene as much as experienced climbers."

Mr Kratzer, who was also a professional photographer, had been on a skiing holiday at Gulmarg since January 24, Fairfax Digital reported.

According to local police, the avalanche swept him two kilometres downhill and it was 45 minutes before rescuers managed to dig out his body.

"Shaun was a dear friend to many, who was always willing to devote his time and effort to his own and his friends' adventures and ideas," close friend and fellow climber Corey Putkunz said.

"He was a skilled rock climber and skier who'd spent many summer months living at the cliffs of Victoria's premier climbing locations.

"I will remember him most as a best mate and for his amazing charisma and lust for new adventures on rock and in the mountains, which left me with fond memories after every trip. His spirit will be missed by many."

Wendy Eden, of Natimuk, near Western Victoria's climbing mecca Mount Arapiles, remembered Mr Kratzer as a 'lovely and generous person'.

"Shaggy was very fond of the outdoors and had been talking about this ski resort in Kashmir for three years.

"He died doing what he loved."

4:54:17 PM
i'm an english snowboarder who has recently returned from gulmarg, kashmir.
shaun was a character who i bumped into a number of times in the last couple
of weeks out there. i shared a gondola ride with him one day, chatted to him in
a restaraunt in the capital city srinagar on another occasion and am totally
shocked about his death in the avalanche. in the short time i chatted to him he
had some amazing stories to tell of photographic assignments in afghanistan
and kosovo. from reading the tributes on the web i can tell he is a guy who will
be sorely missed. i just wanted to post a few words and let you know that he
died in one of the most beautiful places on earth, skiing some of the most
extreme and exciting terrain out there. rest in peace shaun.

9:41:06 AM
It was very saddening to hear this. There has been no shortage of kind words, and awesome memories from you all, as is most fitting!

Has anyone heard news from Stu? I don't know who else was there with them.

2:23:59 PM
A memorial Service to celebrate the life of Mr Shaun Gregory Anton (Shaggy) Kratzer will be held at Montsalvat (Upper Gallery, Great Hall), 7 Hillcrest Ave, Eltham on Thursday Feb. 15, 2007 commencing at 2 p.m

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the Memorial Service.

A private family funeral service will be held prior to the commencement of the Memorial Service.

Private Cremation.

2:55:36 PM
I'm relieved to see that everyone here and in the media has accepted what happened. There has been no public aspersions or judgment about what he was doing and what went down. It's good to keep it that way.

4:16:49 PM
I was very saddened to hear about a kindred spirit lost. This reminds us that every day is an opportunity.

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