Earlier this week, a U.S. extreme skier died after falling from the eight-highest peak in the world located at the Himalayas.
During a ski descent from the 8,163-meter top of Mount Manaslu on Monday, 49-year-old Hilaree Nelson plummeted down the mountain, which ended up killing her. She was skiing with her partner, Jim Morrison when she fell.
On Wednesday, rescuers recovered her body located at the 8,163m (26,781 ft) peak’s south face. Her body was transported to the capital of Nepal. Reports state that she had fallen into a crevasse in the mountain glacier.
On Wednesday morning, a helicopter flew Morrison and three Sherpa guides to rescue Nelson’s body from about 6,000m on Manaslu, according to expedition organizers.
Earlier helicopter searches were futile and impeded by poor weather conditions. Witnesses say she fell into a deep ice fissure 15-minutes after reaching the top of Manaslu.
An experienced skier
Nelson had a long career full of adventures and achievements which span two decades.
In 2012, she became the first woman to climb Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak, and its neighbor, Lhotse, within 24 hours.
Six years later, she returned to Lhotse and skied down the mountain for the first time. This gave her the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year title.