Famous skier dies in horror 2,000ft fall on world’s eighth-highest mountain

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A renowned ski mountaineer has been confirmed dead after plummeting into crevasse during an expedition in the Himalayas.

Experienced Hilaree Nelson, 49, from the United States disappeared while skiing down Mount Manaslu in Nepal, the eighth-tallest mountain in the world, on Monday.

Witnesses watched on in horror as she slipped and fell into a terrifying 2,000ft (600m) gap in the ice just 15 minutes after reaching the summit of the 26,781ft peak.

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The Himalayan confirmed on Wednesday morning that her body had been found on the south face of the mountain after three days of searching.

Simirik Air's aerial search finally located Hilaree's lifeless body on the side of Larke Peak before her body was carried to the base camp where it will then be airlifted to Kathmandu.

No one had seen the 49-year-old since she and her partner Jim Marrison skied down the 8613-metre peak just below the true summit of Mt Manaslu, on Monday.

An avalanche lower down the mountain, killed one person and injured over a dozen more on the same day of The North Face-sponsored athlete's disappearance.

A guide who was working with Ms Nelson in Nepal told Outside magazine that climbers with her at the time, said "her ski blade skidded off and [she] fell off the other side of the peak".

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Her partner, Jim Morrison made it safely down to the camp, according to reports.

On Ms Nelson's website, The North Face says: "With a career spanning two decades that includes dozens of first descents through more than 40 expeditions to 16 different countries, Hilaree Nelson is the most prolific ski mountaineer of her generation."

In 2018, Hilaree and Jim became the first daredevils to ever ski down Mount Lhotse in Nepal, the world's fourth-highest peak, the late mountaineer was also the first woman to climb Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse within 24 hours.


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