Hilari Nelsan Missing from Masaslu Summit

सोमवार, असाेज १०, २०७९
विश्व विख्यात स्की आराेही हिलारी नेल्सन

Renowned North Face athlete Hilaree Nelson went missing just below the true summit of Mt Manaslu while her partner Jim Marrison skied down the 8613-metre peak this morning, a source at the base camp confirmed.Nelson reportedly fell into crevasse from just above the fore summit of the mountain when she along with Morrison skied from the real summit this morning. Nelson fell down around 25 metres into vertical crevasse and had gone missing, eyewitnesses said. Their Sherpa guides are at Camp IV now. Morrison has been skiing down from Camp III while filing this report, eyewitnesses said.Rescue operations are hampered by bad weather, sources said. The duo were part of the ski expedition managed by Shangri-La Nepal Treks.Hilaree and partner Jim had made the first ski descent of Lhotse, the fourth tallest mountain in the world, last year.According to the North Face, with a career spanning two decades that includes dozens of first descents through more than 40 expeditions to 16 different countries, Hilaree Nelson is the most prolific ski mountaineer of her generation. The 45-year-old mother of two was the first female to link two 8000m peaks, Everest and Lhotse, in one 24 hour push. In the fall of 2018, she returned to 27,940-foot Lhotse a second time to ski from the summit, linking turns down one of the most prized un-skied lines in the world, as per the TNF website.
“Hilaree grew up in Seattle, skiing on the weekends at Stevens Pass in Washington’s Cascades. After college, Hilaree booked a one-way ticket to Chamonix, France that would change the course of her life. That first season, she learned the ins and outs of ski mountaineering (and won a world extreme skiing contest). One winter turned into five. Hilaree discovered she had the engine for climbing, and after her first TNF expedition to India, she was hooked.”
In 2014, she received a National Geographic Explorers grant to lead an audacious expedition to a little known peak in the far northern reaches of Myanmar, Hkakabo Razi. Ultimately unsuccessful, the story of human and physical drama that unfolded was documented in the award-winning 2015 film Down to Nothing and earned her a spot on the National Geographic Live Speaker series through which she shares her stories to audiences across the country. In 2017 Men’s Journal named her one of the most adventurous women of the last 25 years, according to TNF.
“With a string of successes in the past few years, Hilaree, along with partner Jim Morrison, have been on a roll. In May 2017, they summited 21,165 foot Papsura, a.k.a. The Peak of Evil, just 12 days after arriving in India, cementing the first American ascent of the mountain. After an icy, 3,000-foot, 60-degree virgin ski descent with almost no visibility, she realized a dream almost two decades in the making. Her perseverance with this objective and her ultimate success earned her recognition as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for 2018. Two weeks later, Hilaree and Jim headed to Denali in Alaska, where they climbed the Cassin Ridge and skied the Messner couloir. It was a breakthrough year.”
TNF website adds, “In 2018, she was named captain of The North Face Athlete Team, a title only one other athlete has held: Conrad Anker. As a role model to other women adventurers, Hilaree continues to push the envelope of not only geographical exploration but exploration of our human capacity to challenge social norms.”
Her accomplishments include First ski descent of Lhotse Couloir, 2018, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, 2018, First ski descent of Papsura Peak, India, 2017, Double summit of Denali, June 2017 (Messner couloir ski descent, climb of Cassin Ridge), First female ski of Makalu La Couloir, Nepal, 2015 and Everest and Lhotse in one push, 2012.