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US mountaineer missing on world’s eighth-highest mountain

Rescuers are looking for the famed US mountaineer who went missing from Nepal’s eighth-highest mountain.

According to expedition organizers, Hilaree Nelson (49) was skiing down Mount Manaslu at 8,163m with Jim Morrison.

Jiban Ghimire, Shangri-La Nepal Trek, stated that a helicopter was sent over the mountain to search for any sign of the missing climber.

Ms. Nelson and her partner were extreme skiers, climbing Mount Lhotse in 2018, the fourth-highest peak in the world.

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The North Face, Ms Nelson’s sponsor said that they are in touch with Hilaree’s families and described her as “the most prolific ski climber of her generation” as well as a mother-of-2.

Monday’s avalanche at Mount Manaslu’s lower elevation killed a Nepali guide, and injures several other climbers.

All climbers who were caught in Monday’s avalanche were found safe, and some of those injured were flown to Kathmandu to be treated for their injuries.

Image: Two of the guides who survived an avalanche were treated. Pic by AP
Image by Hilaree Nelson & James Morrison Pic: AP

Phurte Sherpa was one of the avalanche survivors and said, “I don’t know the whereabouts or husband of the missing climber, but she was there with us today during the search.” Two helicopter rescue attempts were made, but she was not found.

According to Mr Sherpa, there were approximately 13-14 people who were swept away by the avalanche.

Hundreds of climbers are trying to reach the summit in Nepal’s autumn climbing season.

Nepal has granted permits to 504 climbers who want to scale high mountains during the autumn season. They are most often located on Mount Manaslu.

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