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News broke earlier this week that American ski mountaineers Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison had descended the Lhotse couloir, a long and narrow strip of snow that runs down the face of the fourth tallest mountain in the world. The pair shared the first images from the couloir on Instagram late on October 3, 2018.
With a summit at 8,516 meters (27,940 feet) above sea level and adjacent to Mount Everest, Lhotse is a beast and this first descent is absolutely historic. The fact that the duo are the first to ski from the summit, and descended a nearly 7,000-vertical foot couloir, make it perhaps one of the most impressive ski descents of the past century. This feat is rivaled only by Red Bull Athlete Andrezej Bargiel’s reportedly no-oxygen descent of K2 earlier this year.
The North Face’s expedition was the only group attempting any climbing on the Everest Massif this autumn, meaning they were responsible for breaking trail throughout the snowy trip. Huge congratulations to Nelson, Morrison, and the entire team for this epic accomplishment.