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Famed American extreme skier Hillary Nelson has been found dead after falling from the world’s eighth highest mountain in Nepal.

The body of a famous US extreme skier who went missing this week after falling from the world’s eighth-highest mountain was recovered Wednesday and transported to Nepal’s capital.

Hillary Nelsona 49-year-old woman fell off the mountain Monday while skiing with her partner Jim Morrison from the 8,163-meter summit of Mount Manaslu.

Her body was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Kathmandu, where doctors were scheduled to perform an autopsy.

Rescuers searching by helicopter found Nelson’s body Wednesday after failing to find her on Tuesday and Monday when the search was hampered by bad weather.

Also on Monday, an avalanche at a lower elevation on the same mountain killed a Nepali man and injured several other climbers.

Hundreds of climbers and local guides were trying to reach the summit during the fall climbing season in Nepal.

Nelson, from Telluride, Colorado, and Morrison, from Tahoe, California, are extreme skiers who reached the summit of Mount Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world, in 2018.

The Nepalese government has issued permits to 504 climbers during the fall season. Most climb Mount Manaslu.

“The most prolific ski mountaineer of her generation”

Nelson, 49, has a career spanning 20 years and is described by the company’s website as “the most prolific ski mountaineer of her generation.”

In 2012, she became the first woman to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, and neighboring Lhotse within 24 hours.

Six years later she returned to Lhotse to make her first ski descent on the mountain and was awarded the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award.

In an Instagram post last week, Nelson said her recent climb had been very challenging due to “constant rain” and dangerous conditions.

“In Manaslu, I have never felt as sure of a step as my past adventures into the thin air of the Himalayas.” Nelson said in an Instagram post on thursday.

“The last few weeks have tested my resilience in new ways.”

2019, CBS News correspondent Jean Crawford met with Nelson and Morrison At the top of the 12,000-foot San Juan Mountains, the tallest mountains in America, where Nelson and Morrison showed their training grounds. Watch the story in the video player above.

AFP contributed to this report.



https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hilaree-nelson-body-recovered-after-falling-worlds-eighth-highest-mountain-nepal/ Famed American extreme skier Hillary Nelson has been found dead after falling from the world’s eighth highest mountain in Nepal.

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