Renowned American ski climber Hilaree Nelson went missing from Nepal’s Mount Manaslu on the same day an avalanche killed a Nepalese climber on the same peak.
Nelson was skiing Manaslu on Monday after successfully scaling the world’s eighth-highest peak with her partner Jim Morrison.
She said that she had an accident on the last day when she was going down shortly after reaching the top. Jiban Ghimire of Shangri-La Nepal Treks, who organized the expedition, told AFP that we are trying to get an explanation for what happened.
On the same day, an avalanche hit the 8,163-meter (26,781-foot) mountain between camps three and four, killing one Nepalese climber and injuring a dozen others, the government’s tourism department said.
The defunct climbers also have their own website. The death was the first confirmed fatality of Nepal’s autumn mountaineering season.
Relentless rain and snow have been a challenge for the 404 climbers trying to reach Manaslu’s summit this year, and inclement weather is also hampering rescue efforts, as helicopters were unable to take off on Monday due to conditions.
Ghimire said the weather had improved on Tuesday and a helicopter was heading to the Nelson crash site. He added that Morrison had arrived safely at base camp and was with the rescue team. Global brand North Face, which sponsors Nelson, has confirmed that the climbers are missing.
Who is Hilaree Nelson
The 49-year-old climber’s career spans two decades and has been hailed as the most successful ski mountaineer of his generation.
In 2012, she became the first woman to climb the world’s highest peak, Everest, and the adjacent Lohte within 24 hours.
Six years later she returned to Lohta and skied the mountain for the first time, earning her the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award.
Nepal is home to eight of the world’s 14 highest peaks and foreign climbers visiting its mountains are a major source of income for the country.
The industry was almost completely shut down in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the country reopened its peaks to climbers last year.
- Effect of rising inflation in China
- Why did China ban LinkedIn?
- China replaces soldiers with Robots In Tibet
- What will happen if China invades Taiwan?