A celebrated American mountaineer is missing after summiting a Himalayan mountain, and falling into a crevasse 15 minutes later as she skied down.
Hilaree Nelson, 49, disappeared on Monday morning while skiing down Mount Manaslu with her boyfriend, Jim Morrison. He continued to the base camp to report her missing, but rescue attempts have been hampered by poor weather, meaning helicopters cannot access the remote and extremely high site.
Elsewhere on the mountain, at least one person was killed in an avalanche on Monday, and 12 people trapped – four of them critically injured, according to reports.
One eyewitness to Nelson’s descent told The Himalaya Times that she fell around 80 feet into a a vertical crevasse, which was 2,000ft deep. It was not known if she survived the initial fall.
Nelson, based in Telluride, Colorado, lives with her sons Quinn, 15, and 13-year-old Graydon – the boys live with Nelson’s ex-husband while she is away.
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