Iconic ski-mountaineer Hilaree Nelson (49) went missing on Monday after a fall near the 8,163m (26,781′) summit of Manaslu. Her body was located and retrieved Wednesday morning.
The Nepal English daily, The Himalayan Times reports Hilaree Nelson’s body was spotted from a helicopter and retrieved Wednesday morning from Manaslu’s south face.
This news was confirmed by The Everest Chronicle, which quotes a Nepali government representative as saying skis and clothes were spotted during Tuesday’s search via helicopter, but poor weather prevented further action. The search resumed Wednesday morning when Nelson’s remains were located and her body later retrieved. This same report in The Everest Chronicle writes, “Accordng to Sachindra Yadav, Liaison Officer posted at Makalu Base Camp, the rescuers found her body about 2,000 feet below the summit.”
Jason Albert comes to WildSnow from Bend, Oregon. After growing up on the East Coast, he migrated from Montana to Colorado and settled in Oregon. Simple pleasures are quiet and long days touring. His gray hair might stem from his first Grand Traverse in 2000 when rented leather boots and 210cm skis were not the speed weapons he had hoped for. Jason survived the transition from free-heel kool-aid drinker to faster and lighter (think AT), and safer, are better.