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Knowing Emily Wilson. A Tribute

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Knowing Emily Wilson.  A Tribute.

 I don’t really remember meeting Emily; it just feels as if I’ve always known her.  Active and involved she just seemed, to quote Warren Miller, to be Here, there and Everywhere.

Emily had a quick wit and intellectual curiosity that defied convention.  Her pioneering spirit took her to places most of us only dream about.  When she developed a love of Smith Mountain Lake, she bought a boat and moored it there.  When she wanted to improve her skiing ability, she went to Steamboat.   When she wanted to use her medical training for unique purposes, she ventured to base camp at Antarctica- twice.  And finally, once her ability was where she wanted it, she moved to ski mecca Colorado.  ‘Here, there and Everywhere.’

Emily had grit.  When she first joined the GSOC she was a beginning skier.  But that didn’t stop her from joining the race team.  Learning to ski as an adult, an over-30 adult, she practiced, raced, and practiced some more.   I don’t think I have ever seen anyone work as hard as Emily to improve their skiing ability.  If ever the GSOC had a Most Improved Skier it was Emily.   Grit, True Grit.

She had a solid sense of self, knew who she was and what she wanted.   You always knew where you stood with Emily.  What you saw was what you got.  She pulled no punches and suffered no fools.    Maddening at times, she was also barrels of fun.  We led a trip together to Lake Tahoe—to this day it’s one of my fondest memories.  Her fun-making and impish grin was infectious. 

When I heard she’d moved to Colorado, I knew she was right where she wanted to be.  Now she’s soaring freely among the peaks and spires of the world’s tallest and snowiest mountains.  I’m sure of it. 

Here, there and Everywhere. 

Soar in Peace, Emily.  GSOC will remember you. 

Linda Pickl

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