Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison Become the First to Ski Lhotse, the Fourth Tallest Mountain on Earth

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On October 1, ski mountaineers Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison became the first people to summit and ski down Lhotse in the Himalayas, according to Freeskier. The duo summited the 27,940-foot mountain (the fourth-tallest on earth) and skied down a 7,000 foot couloir, or narrow gully, in an epic 17-hour sprint.

Nelson and Morrison have quite a long list of mountaineering accomplishments. Both have summited Mount Everest and skied from the summit of Cho-Oyu, the sixth-tallest mountain on earth, but Lhotse has been on their minds for awhile. According to Freeskier, they made a pact to ski the mountain after a failed attempt to ski Makalu, another Himalayan peak, in 2015.

 

 

Although the route they took is known as the “Dream Line,” the expedition could have easily turned into a nightmare—the slope is a dizzying 50-degree incline, and deep snow after the Nepalese summer monsoon season meant the avalanche danger was high.

Despite the extreme conditions, the pair made the journey successfully and returned to camp yesterday to rest, according to an Instagram post from The North Face. Keep an eye on mensjournal.com for more updates as the expedition team makes its way down to base camp.