Adrian Ballinger has reported on Instagram that Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison have skied the famed Lhotse Couloir on Mount Lhotse in the Himalayas after reaching the summit.
As we reported two weeks ago: The steep 50-degree couloir is about 700 metres long and hangs above a nearly 1,500-metre face that ends at the Western Cwm.
For the past few decades, a few dozen skiers have skied variations on the Lhotse Face, but never the couloir.
Many big line skiers consider it one of the last few great ski lines in the Himalayas that is accessible.
Jamie Laidlaw, a top American skier, nearly completed the run a decade ago, but his oxygen supply wasn’t working properly.
One of the biggest problems with skiing at altitude is that you burn out after a few dozen turns.
Morrison had skied on Everest and Nelson has climbed Everest and Lhotse, and the pair had skied big lines together for years.
Earlier this year, Polish skier Andrzej Bargiel made the first ski descent of K2, the world’s second highest mountain and only 200 metres shorter than Everest.
His descent will go down in history as one of the most daring descents ever made on skis. Following his solo ascent to the summit – without oxygen – he spent the next seven-plus hours getting down.
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