Body of missing US ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson found in Nepal | News

The famed excessive skier was blown off Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest mountain, by a small avalanche on Monday.

The physique of prime American mountaineer Hilaree Nelson has been discovered close to a 26,700-foot (8,138-metre) mountain peak in Nepal the place she went lacking earlier this week.

Nelson, aged 49, was blown off Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest mountain, by a small avalanche on Monday morning Nepal time as she and her associate, Jim Morrison, skied down from the summit, in line with Morrison and her sponsor, The North Face, an out of doors gear firm.

“She was swept off her ft and carried down a slender snow slope down the south aspect [opposite from climbing route] of the mountain,” Morrison posted on his Instagram.

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Morrison carries Nelson’s physique from a helicopter to a hospital in Kathmandu [Niranjan Shrestha/AP]

Search-and-rescue groups have been unable to seek out Nelson’s physique till Wednesday when Morrison and a sherpa have been airlifted to a spot 22,000 ft (6,705 metres) up the mountain.

Her physique was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Kathmandu the place medical doctors deliberate to carry out an post-mortem.

“I’m in Kathmandu together with her and her spirit,” Morrison wrote. “My loss is indescribable and I’m targeted on her youngsters and their steps ahead.”

Nelson, who grew up in Seattle, was thought of one of many prime girls ski mountaineers on this planet. On the time of her demise, she was dwelling in Telluride, Colorado, together with her two sons.

Nelson and Morrison, from Tahoe, California, are excessive skiers who reached the summit of Mount Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest mountain, in 2018. The feat earned her the Nationwide Geographic Adventurer of the Yr award.

“Right this moment we misplaced our hero, mentor and our buddy,” tweeted The North Face, which described her as “probably the most prolific ski mountaineer of her technology”.

“Hilaree Nelson held a spirit as massive because the locations she led us to,” the corporate mentioned.

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The helicopter carrying Nelson’s physique lands at a hospital in Kathmandu [Niranjan Shrestha/AP]

Mountaineers and well-wishers have shared heartfelt messages for Nelson since she went lacking.

“Let’s pray for Hilaree,” fellow The North Face athlete Fernanda Maciel, at present on the Manaslu base camp, wrote on Instagram on Tuesday.

Mountain information Caroline George thanked Nelson for uplifting her personal adventures. “She is a beacon … I’ve infinite gratitude for her journey on this planet and for the legacy she leaves,” she wrote.

Additionally on Monday, an avalanche at a decrease elevation on the identical mountain killed Nepali climber Anup Rai and injured a number of different climbers. A whole lot of climbers and their native guides have been trying to achieve the summit throughout Nepal’s autumn climbing season.

The deaths of Nelson and Rai are the primary confirmed casualties of the autumn climbing season in Nepal.

Nepal’s authorities has issued permits to 404 climbers throughout the autumn season. Most are climbing Mount Manaslu, the place fixed rain and snow have been difficult.

Nepal is residence to eight of the world’s 14 highest peaks and overseas climbers who flock to its mountains are a major income for the nation.

The business was nearly fully shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, however the nation reopened its peaks to mountaineers final yr.