Celebrated US Ski Mountaineer Missing In Nepal's Himalayas
Kathmandu, Sept 27 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Sep, 2022 ) :Renowned US ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson has gone missing on Nepal's Manaslu mountain, on the same day that an avalanche killed a Nepali climber on the same peak, expedition organisers and officials said Tuesday.
Nelson was skiing down Manaslu after having successfully summited the world's eighth-highest mountain with her partner Jim Morrison on Monday.
"She had an accident yesterday as she was descending shortly after her summit. We are trying to get clarity on what happened," Jiban Ghimire of Shangri-La Nepal Treks, which organised the expedition, told AFP.
The death was the first confirmed casualty of the autumn climbing season in Nepal.
Constant rain and snow have been a challenge for the 404 paying climbers attempting to reach the summit of Manaslu this year, and bad weather was also hampering rescue efforts, with helicopters unable to fly on Monday due to the conditions.
Morrison safely reached base camp and was accompanying the search and rescue team, Ghimire added.
"These past weeks have tested my resilience in new ways." The 49-year-old has had a career spanning two decades and is described as "the most prolific ski mountaineer of her generation" in a profile on The North Face's website.
Six years later, she returned to Lhotse and made the first ski descent of the mountain, which earned her the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award.
Nepal is home to eight of the world's 14 highest peaks and foreign climbers that flock to its mountains are a major source of revenue for the country.