Local Telluride ski mountaineer, Hilaree Nelson successfully skis Lhotse face, world’s fourth highest peak

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Two American skiers are reportedly the first ever to ski down the world’s fourth-highest peak, Nepal’s Mount Lhotse, a sister peak of Mount Everest. James Morrison of California and Colorado’s Hilaree Nelson scaled the 27,940-foot summit before descending the 7,000-foot “Dream Line” gorge on skis. The feat comes after three years of preparation, a month of trekking and a 17-hour ascent by the accomplished ski mountaineers. And they had the run to themselves, as climbers in the Lhotse-Everest region prefer the less snowy conditions of spring.

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Climbers James Morrison and Hilaree Nelson are first to ski down from Himalayan peak Lhotse

The climbers made it to the summit of Lhotse before skiing down the Dream Line, a precipitous 700m gully
The climbers made it to the summit of Lhotse before skiing down the Dream Line, a precipitous 700m gully

Two American climbers have successfully skied from the summit of Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest mountain, plunging down a precipitous gully at the top of an unbroken descent of than 2,000 metres (1.3 miles).

James Morrison and Hilaree Nelson scaled the 8,516-metre peak which adjoins Mount Everest with the aid of two fellow Americans and three Nepali Sherpas. As the sun rose on the summit, they clicked into skis and began the perilous descent down inclines of up to 50 per cent.

Hours later, colleagues waiting nervously at base camp received text messages from the pair confirming they were down safely. Mr Morrison described the descent as “Crazy. Scary, good, bad, really bad and awesome.”

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Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison make historic first ski descent of Lhotse Couloir ~ Freeskier ~

Featured Image: Guillaume Baviere/Flickr Creative Commons

After three years of preparation, a month of trekking and acclimatizing and a 17-hour ascent, ski mountaineers Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison have successfully summited the 27,940-foot peak of Lhotse and descended the 7,000ft “Dream Line” on skis–making them the first people to ski down the fourth-tallest mountain in the world.

Both accomplished ski mountaineers, each having summited Mount Everest and skied off the summit of Cho Oyu–the sixth tallest mountain in the world located 12 miles west of Everest–this is a historic day for the life partners. It is reported that they, along with filmmakers Dutch Simpson and Nick Kalisz and three Nepalese Sherpa guides, are headed down to Basecamp two for some much-needed rest.

 

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