According to one of her sponsors, Hilaree Nelson, a pioneering ski mountaineer, disappeared during an expedition in Nepal.
According to reports, the 49-year-old American disappeared from below Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world, after a distinguished career that spanned over two decades.
“We are in contact with Hilaree’s family, and supporting search-and-rescue efforts in every way possible,” The North Face, an apparel company, tweeted Monday.
Nelson is a mother to two children and her partner, Jim Morrison is an experienced ski mountaineer. According to The North Face, When she was reported missing, she had been exploring the Nepali mountain together with Morrison.
Jiban Ghimire (managing director of Shangri La Nepal Trek) told Outside magazine that Nelson had died and his crew was not to be found.
Ghimire explained to Outside that she received a call from Base Camp advising her that her ski blade had been damaged and that she had fallen off the other side.
Shangri-La Nepal Trek did no immediate comment.
Nelson posted an Instagram story last week about the trip’s challenges and included photos from the expedition.
She wrote that she hasn’t felt as confident on Manaslu as I did on previous adventures into the thin atmosphere in the high Himalayas.
“These last weeks have tested me in new ways.”
Morrison also shared on Instagram: “We went high and tried hard, but the mountain said no. We bailed at camp 3, with our tails between our legs, and headed down (on skis).
Nelson is a pioneer of the mountaineering community, and a role model for the next generation.
She’s made more than 40 first descents on expeditions around the globe and was appointed captain of The North Face Athlete Team 2018.
She became the first woman to scale Everest and the nearby mountain Lhotse in 24 hours in 2012.
She continues to explore the mountains of the world, often along with Morrison, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the sport.
The Nepal Tourism Board did not immediately respond to our request for comment.