Hilaree Nelson, a pioneering ski mountaineer known for skiing in extreme terrain, with dozens of first descents on big lines, died Monday while skiing on Nepal’s Mount Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest mountain.
Hilaree was 49 and a mother of two sons, Graydon and Quinn, now teenagers, was skiing with her partner Jim Morrison, who is also an experienced ski mountaineer and was there when she slid to her death.
Jim Morrison posted on Facebook,”There are no words to describe the love for this woman, my life partner, my lover, my best friend, and my mountain partner.
She has been the beacon of light in my life day in and day out. On September 26th at 10:42 am we reached the true summit of Manaslu in tough conditions. We quickly transitioned from climbing to skiing in cold and wind with a plan to ski around the corner and regroup with our Sherpa team. I skied first and after a few turns Hilaree followed and started a small avalanche. She was swept off her feet and carried down a narrow snow slope down the south side (opposite from climbing route) of the mountain over 5000’. I did everything I could to locate her but was unable to go down the face as I hoped to find her alive and live my life with her.
I spent the last two days searching from the air in a helicopter. Today with the help of @capt_surendra an incredibly skilled pilot we were able to land at 22,000 feet and search for her. @nimsdai was instrumental in helping organize the best team and resources possible and I found her body with the aid of @mt.sherpa today at 10:30 am. I’m in Kathmandu with her and her spirit.
My loss is indescribable and I am focused on her children and their steps forward. Hilaree is the most inspiring person in life and now her energy will guide our collective souls.
Peace be with us all. Pray for her family and community which is broadly stretched across our planet. I’m devastated by the loss of her.”
We share our love and best wishes with the family and friends of Hilaree. RIP
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