A search team retrieved the body of top US ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson from the Himalayas on Wednesday. Check out her cause of death.
Hilaree Nelson : Death | Missing | Cause of death
Hilaree Nelson was an American ski mountaineer. She became the first woman to summit two 8000-meter peaks (Everest and Lhotse) in one 24 hour push on May 25, 2012.
|December 13, 1972
|September 26, 2022 (aged 49)
Mount Manaslu, Nepal
On September 30, 2018, Nelson and partner Jim Morrison made the first ski descent of the “Dream Line”, the Lhotse Couloir from the summit.
Lhotse is the 4th-tallest mountain in the world and shares a saddle with Mount Everest.
Nelson was named one of “The 25 Most Adventurous Women of the Past 25 Years” by Men’s Journal, as well as being named as one of National Geographic’s 2018 Adventurers of the Year.
The body of US mountaineer and extreme skier Hilaree Nelson was recovered on Wednesday by a search and rescue team in the Himalayas, the BBC reported.
Nelson, 49, had gone missing on Monday after falling down the peak of the world’s eighth highest peak, Mount Manaslu, per The New York Times.
Nelson had been attempting to ski down the face of the 26,775-foot summit with her climbing partner and husband Jim Morrison when she disappeared, per the Times.
An avalanche swept her off a cliff onto the south face of the mountain, Sachindra Yadav, an expedition liaison officer from the Gorkha district, told the Times.
Earlier reports said she had fallen into a 2,000ft crevasse in a glacier, said the BBC.
An avalanche also killed a Nepali guide on Monday and injured 13 climbers in a separate expedition, per NBC news.
Dozens of people have died attempting to climb Manaslu, per the Times.
Hilaree Nelson missing
Rescuers in Nepal are searching for the famed US mountaineer Hilaree Nelson after she went missing on the world’s eighth tallest mountain.
Ms Nelson reportedly fell into a deep crevasse during a ski descent on Monday.
The North Face-sponsored athlete had earlier reached the summit of Mount Manaslu in Nepal with her partner.
While search operations were hampered by bad weather on Monday, by Tuesday morning Nepalese rescue workers were able to use a helicopter to search for Ms Nelson.
One of the climbers injured in the avalanche, Phurte Sherpa, told the Associated Press that two unsuccessful helicopter search attempts had been made.
Ms Nelson, 49, slipped and appeared to fall into a 2,000ft (600m) gap in the ice, known as a crevasse, only 15 minutes after reaching the summit of the 26,781ft peak, according to witness accounts.
A local guide that had been working with the couple told Outside magazine that other climbers who were with them reported that “her ski blade skidded off and [she] fell off the other side of the peak”.
According to reports, her partner, Jim Morrison, was able to safely return to camp after the incident.
Ms Nelson and Mr Morrison are among the most accomplished alpinists and backcountry skiers in the world.
Cause of death
The body of famed big-mountain skier Hilaree Nelson was found Wednesday after she went missing below the summit of Mount Manaslu in the Himalayas on Sept. 26. The 49-year-old mother of two was skiing with her partner, Jim Morrison, when she fell down the mountain.
- Cause of death : fell down while skiing with her partner
Mount Manaslu is the world’s eighth-highest mountain, but the pair of adventurers had a lot of experience before embarking on the trip. In 2012, Nelson became the first woman to climb both Mount Everest and Lhotse, which are adjacent to each other, in a single 24-hour period.
Six years later, she and Morrison became the first people to ever ski down Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest peak.
Nelson made the North Face Athlete Team in 2018, and became one of the winners of the 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award.
Less than a week ago, however, Nelson said on an Instagram post that she hadn’t felt as “sure-footed on Manaslu” as she had in the past.
He said they were climbing and reached the summit of Manaslu around 10:42 am, when the weather conditions were rough, with cold temperature and high winds.
They were skiing down the 8,163-meter (26,775-foot) summit with plans to regroup with their Sherpa team, but Nelson accidentally started a small avalanche while she was following him.
A helicopter team spent two days looking for her before they found her dead on Wednesday morning.