National Geographic Live: Hilaree Nelson
Speaker Series | Mountaineer | Adventurer

SKIING IN THE SHADOW OF EVEREST

Mountaineer Hilaree Nelson has traveled to some of the most exotic mountain ranges on Earth in pursuit of adventure and growth—earning an impressive set of achievements along the way. In 2012, Nelson joined a National Geographic-supported expedition that would see her summit both Everest and Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest mountain at 27,940 feet. The climb left her longing to ski its famed couloir, nicknamed the “Dream Line.” Considered one of the boldest ski runs of all time, the feat had been attempted unsuccessfully at least a dozen times.

For years, Nelson dreamed, plotted, strategized, and trained on big peaks in the Indian Himalayas and Alaska with partner and fellow mountaineer Jim Morrison in preparation. When she and Morrison set out for Lhotse in August 2018, the expedition faced a wide-ranging set of challenges, from weather complications to logistical obstacles, at every turn. But a month later, they summitted the peak—a remarkable feat in itself—and became the first people ever to make the ski descent in its entirety, fulfilling Nelson’s dream in the process.

Join Nelson, National Geographic’s 2018 Adventurer of the Year, for her captivating stories of the passion, grit, and teamwork behind this historic achievement.

 

HILAREE NELSON

For Hilaree Nelson, exploration is expression of both physical and mental possibility. Named the captain of the North Face Athlete Team, Nelsonis a seasoned adventurer with more than 40 expeditions to some of the most remote corners of the globe. Her passion and dedication to climbing and skiing has won her recognition as a 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. She has become a mentor for an upcoming generation of mountain athletes. As a member of Protect Our Winters Riders’ Alliance, she shares her stories and life experiences as a voice for advocacy of our wild places.

Nelson has repeatedly made a mark in the Himalayas. In 2005, she climbed the 8,000-meter peak Cho Oyu in Tibet, from which she made the second female ski descent without supplemental oxygen. And in 2012, surrounded by team members she would mentor, and alpinists who would mentor her, she climbed both Everest and its neighbor Lhotse—making her the first woman to climb consecutive 8,000-meter peaks in a single day.

As the recipient of a National Geographic Explorer’s Grant, Nelson led a team of alpinists to attempt a first ascent on a remote peak in northern Myanmar in 2014. The film about the adventure, Down to Nothing, won the Best Cinematography Award at Telluride’s MountainFilm in 2015.

In the fall of 2018, Nelson and her partner Jim Morrison returned to Lhotse to complete the first ever ski descent of the fourth highest peak in the world—also known as the “Dream Line.” She has entered the record books for high-altitude innovation and prowess. In addition, her writing has been published in National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic’s The Call of Everest, Ski Journal, Outside Magazine Online, the Outdoor Journal, and other publications. Nelson also shares her stories through speaking engagements across the country.

Born and raised in the Northwest, Nelson began skiing at age three in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state. Today, her favorite mountain town is Telluride, Colorado—where she raises her two boys and is fortunate to call home.

Photo by Nick Kalisz 

Photo by Nick Kalisz 

Photo by Dutch Simpson

Local Sponsors

Martha Locke

For sponsorship inquiries, contact Alex Haley. 

Date

Tue, Mar 21st

Time

7:30 PM - Showtime
7:00 PM - Doors Open

Price Range

$24 | $29 | $34

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National Geographic Live: Hilaree Nelson
Date
Tue, Mar 21st
Time
7:30 PM - Showtime
7:00 PM - Doors Open
Price Range
$24 | $29 | $34
Speaker Series | Mountaineer | Adventurer

SKIING IN THE SHADOW OF EVEREST

Mountaineer Hilaree Nelson has traveled to some of the most exotic mountain ranges on Earth in pursuit of adventure and growth—earning an impressive set of achievements along the way. In 2012, Nelson joined a National Geographic-supported expedition that would see her summit both Everest and Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest mountain at 27,940 feet. The climb left her longing to ski its famed couloir, nicknamed the “Dream Line.” Considered one of the boldest ski runs of all time, the feat had been attempted unsuccessfully at least a dozen times.

For years, Nelson dreamed, plotted, strategized, and trained on big peaks in the Indian Himalayas and Alaska with partner and fellow mountaineer Jim Morrison in preparation. When she and Morrison set out for Lhotse in August 2018, the expedition faced a wide-ranging set of challenges, from weather complications to logistical obstacles, at every turn. But a month later, they summitted the peak—a remarkable feat in itself—and became the first people ever to make the ski descent in its entirety, fulfilling Nelson’s dream in the process.

Join Nelson, National Geographic’s 2018 Adventurer of the Year, for her captivating stories of the passion, grit, and teamwork behind this historic achievement.

 

HILAREE NELSON

For Hilaree Nelson, exploration is expression of both physical and mental possibility. Named the captain of the North Face Athlete Team, Nelsonis a seasoned adventurer with more than 40 expeditions to some of the most remote corners of the globe. Her passion and dedication to climbing and skiing has won her recognition as a 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. She has become a mentor for an upcoming generation of mountain athletes. As a member of Protect Our Winters Riders’ Alliance, she shares her stories and life experiences as a voice for advocacy of our wild places.

Nelson has repeatedly made a mark in the Himalayas. In 2005, she climbed the 8,000-meter peak Cho Oyu in Tibet, from which she made the second female ski descent without supplemental oxygen. And in 2012, surrounded by team members she would mentor, and alpinists who would mentor her, she climbed both Everest and its neighbor Lhotse—making her the first woman to climb consecutive 8,000-meter peaks in a single day.

As the recipient of a National Geographic Explorer’s Grant, Nelson led a team of alpinists to attempt a first ascent on a remote peak in northern Myanmar in 2014. The film about the adventure, Down to Nothing, won the Best Cinematography Award at Telluride’s MountainFilm in 2015.

In the fall of 2018, Nelson and her partner Jim Morrison returned to Lhotse to complete the first ever ski descent of the fourth highest peak in the world—also known as the “Dream Line.” She has entered the record books for high-altitude innovation and prowess. In addition, her writing has been published in National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic’s The Call of Everest, Ski Journal, Outside Magazine Online, the Outdoor Journal, and other publications. Nelson also shares her stories through speaking engagements across the country.

Born and raised in the Northwest, Nelson began skiing at age three in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state. Today, her favorite mountain town is Telluride, Colorado—where she raises her two boys and is fortunate to call home.

Photo by Nick Kalisz 

Photo by Nick Kalisz 

Photo by Dutch Simpson

Local Sponsors

Martha Locke

For sponsorship inquiries, contact Alex Haley. 

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