Day by day we’ve been learning more about of the incredible first ski descent of the Lhotse Couloir by Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison. The two accomplished mountaineers achieved the historic feat this past Sunday. The team, who have been mostly disconnected from social media during the expedition, have recently shared some updates.
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Lhotse, which is the sister mountain to Everest, is the 4th tallest mountain in the world at 27,940ft. The only team of climbers in the Lhotse-Everest region, Nelson and Morrison mitigated both weather and equipment obstacles to successfully descend the 60-degree pitch. They were joined by three Nepalese Sherpa guides, and two longtime TGR cinematographers Dutch Simpson and Nick Kalisz.
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