Corpse of Missing US Ski Mountaineer Hilaree Nelson Discovered in Nepal

Two days after going missing on the slopes of Nepal’s Manaslu peak, a search party has returned with the corpse of top American ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson.

On Wednesday, Jiban Ghimire of Shangri-La Nepal Trek, which organized the excursion, informed the AFP news agency that a helicopter search team had located the corpse of the missing woman and was returning with her.

Ghimire stated that the body had been transported to the peak’s base camp and would be airlifted to Kathmandu.

After successfully summiting the world’s eighth-highest mountain with her boyfriend Jim Morrison on Monday, Nelson slid and disappeared while skiing down the hill.

In charge of the search, Morrison had gone in a helicopter on Wednesday morning to continue looking for her.

Nelson, 49, is called “the most productive ski mountaineer of her generation” by her sponsor, The North Face.

Corpse of Missing US Ski Mountaineer Hilaree Nelson Discovered in Nepal

Ten years ago, she made history by being the first woman to reach the top of both Everest and the neighboring Lhotse peak in a single day.

2018 saw her return to Lhotse for the first ski descent, which helped her win National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year prize.

The “incessant rain” and hazardous weather made Nelson’s recent ascent extremely difficult, as she described it in an Instagram post last week.

Nelson wrote on Thursday that he hadn’t felt as confident on Manaslu as he had on previous adventures into the upper Himalaya’s thin air.

There have been social media posts from mountaineers and others wishing for Nelson’s safe return.

On Tuesday, another The North Face athlete Fernanda Maciel said on Instagram, “Let’s pray for Hilaree.” She is now in the Manaslu base camp.

The 404 paying climbers who have tried to reach the top of Manaslu this year have been hampered by the constant rain and snow.

An avalanche between Camps 3 and 4 on the 8,163-meter (26,781-foot) peak on the same day as Nelson’s mishap killed Nepali climber Anup Rai and injured a dozen others, all of whom were eventually rescued.

Nelson and Rai’s fatalities are the first known to have occurred during the Nepalese fall climbing season.

The influx of international climbers to Nepal’s mountains provides a significant economic boost to the country.

Following a near-total shutdown in 2020 due to a coronavirus outbreak, the government reopened its mountains to climbers in 2018.

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