A few weeks back I did a series on women mountaineers. Because of the recent tragic death of Hilaree Nelson I wanted to do a feature on her. Hilaree Nelson, 49 — who fell into a crevasse while skiing down Nepal’s eighth-highest peak Mount Manaslu, in the Himalayas, with her partner Jim Morrison — was discovered Wednesday on the south side of the mountain, officials who organized the expedition confirmed to NBC News.
Often hailed as the most prolific ski mountaineer of her generation, Nelson was the first woman to be named North Face Global Athletic team captain. In 2017, she and Morrison were the first Americans to summit India’s Papsura, or “Peak of Evil.” The feat earned Nelson the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year title in 2018.
Originally from Seattle, Nelson was based in Telluride, Colorado, at the time of her death. In addition to Morrison, her romantic and climbing partner, she leaves behind two young sons and an ex-husband.
The best way to show her and her climbing partner is to include a documentary of them from October 2019. Lhotse peak is next to Everest and this documentary is very informative of what they encountered on her final trip skiing the mountain and why she did it. I hope you take the time to view it. She and Jim tell the why’s of climbing.
The why. Passion. It is what she lived for and to pass what the passion looks like onto her kids. Her partner Jim has his own tale to tell of why he now climbs. Hilaree’s link above has much of her story, as the title indicates. She found her lane and pushed it beyond the limits. Her successes are motivating the up-and-coming climbers, girls and boys.
Recently named by Men’s Journal as one of the most adventurous women of the last 25 years, as well as National Geographic’s 2018 Adventurer of the Year, Hilaree rounds out her athletic endeavors by sharing her many stories on stages across the country in hopes of inspiring imagination and passion in the people she encounters.