Professional Ski Mountaineer
Hilaree Nelson is a professional ski mountaineer. Her expedition career has led to many firsts, including linking two 8,000-meter peaks in one push, first ski descents in Baffin Island, a first American ascent and ski descent of India’s Papsura peak, and a first ski descent of the world’s fourth highest peak, Lhotse. A proponent of wild places, Nelson holds to the philosophy that they’re significant in the well-being of the planet and human psyche. Named one of the most adventurous women of the last 25 years by Men’s Journal and one of National Geographic’s 2018 Adventurers of the Year, she shares her stories on stages across the country in hopes of inspiring imagination and passion.
Big IdeaI like to add a little bit of humor into what I do and make it fun and realize that I love it, and find the right people to train with. That gives me the motivation, and that keeps me going.Hilaree Nelson
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