BY THE LHOTSE COULOIR AND UP TO THE C2
The two Americans have made the
first descent on skis from 8,516 m from the fourth summit of the planet.
They have toured the Lhotse Couloir and have managed to reach the C2 (6,400 m),
where they have rested from the effort.
– Monday, October 1, 2018 – Updated at 12: 18h.
Expedition Lhotse on skis, by Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison (Photo: Dutch Simpson / Nico Kalisz)
American climbers and skiers Jim Morrison and
Hilaree Nelson have fulfilled their goal to ascend the Lhotse (8,516 m) and get off
skiing from the top along the route known as Dream Line which runs through Lhotse Couloir . They have descended on
tables about 2,100 meters of altitude up to C2 (6,400 m), where they have stopped
to rest after 17 hours of effort.
The agency Xtreme Climbers Treks & Expeditions gave the
first good news about the attempt yesterday Sunday September 30 to
noon (Spanish time). By then, he already reported that his four American clients
( Hilaree Nelson, Jim Morrison, Nicholas John and Dutch Simptson ) and three Sherpa guides
( Ila Nuru, Fu Tashi and Urken Lendu ) had summited in the Lhotse towards the
13:30 in the afternoon (local time), "in perfect weather conditions" .
Next, and while the rest of the expedition members
they undertook the way of return to the inferior fields of conventional form,
Jim Morrison and Hilaree Nelson put on the boards to continue with their
challenge to go down the mountain skiing.
More than 2,000 meters
As confirmed by the sponsor of the two skiers,
Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison have made the planned descent through the
Lhotse Couloir, by the route known as Dream
Line . Both have traveled one of the most coveted lines by
Extreme skiers from the Himalayas and have reached the C2 (6,400 m), located
in the Valley of Silence, just before the Khumbu Icefall.
In this way, they have saved about 2,100 meters of unevenness
after a descent that has been: "A madness. Terrible, good, bad, really
bad and incredible "as revealed by Adrian Ballinger about the message that
his friend Jim Morrison has sent him after completing the task that had initially
thought to do together.
An unprecedented achievement
So far, nobody had come down skiing from the top of the
Lhotse . And not for lack of attempts. The closest he had stayed was the
also American Jamie Laidlaw who in 2007 managed to make a
descent on skis from 8,300 meters to the C2.
This same autumn, two other expeditions have as their
objective the descent of two eight-thousanders on skis. The Russians Anton
Pugovkin and Vitaly Lazo in the Annapurna and the Russian-German duo formed by Sergey
Baranov and Herbert Hellmuth in the Dhaulagiri .
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