U.S. Ski-Climbing Star Hilaree Nelson Found Dead After Avalanche On Peak In Nepal
Ski-Climbing Star Hilaree Nelson Found Dead At 49 ... After Avalanche On Peak In Nepal
9/28/2022 7:37 AM PT
Hilaree Nelson -- a world-famous ski mountaineer -- has tragically been found dead after she fell from a mountain following an avalanche in Nepal this week.
She was 49 years old.
According to the New York Times, Nelson and her partner, Jim Morrison, were attempting to ski down Manaslu -- the eighth-highest mountain in the world -- on Monday when she was knocked off course by a massive snowslide and went missing.
Authorities say they immediately launched a search for her -- though bad weather hampered their efforts. Finally, on Wednesday, government officials said they located her body.
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Sachindra Yadav, an expedition liaison officer, confirmed Nelson's death to the New York Times.
"Her body has been brought to Kathmandu for autopsy," Yadav said. "It's intact but covered with snow."
Nelson was a legend in the extreme skiing sport, The North Face -- one of her sponsors -- called her "the most prolific ski mountaineer of her generation."
Her bio on her personal website said her "expedition career has led her to many 'firsts' in the world of ski mountaineering including linking two 8000m peaks in one push, first ski descents in Baffin Island, a first American ascent and ski descent of Papsura peak in India and a first ski descent of the 4th highest peak in the world, Lhotse."
The mother of two was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2018.