Sherb Talk: "Daring Greatly" with Hilaree Nelson

Join us for a very special Sherb Talk evening with Hilaree Nelson. Hilaree's talk, "Daring Greatly", will include a mix of photos and video and will include how she got started in the world of mountaineering, with a focus on the ski descent of Lhotse this last fall. Her talk will be dedicated to the discussion behind the trials and tribulations of failure, raising kids, passion as a compass.


Recently named the captain of The North Face Athlete Team, Hilaree is a seasoned adventurer with more than 40 expeditions to some of the most remote corners of the globe. Her passion and dedication to climbing and skiing has won her recognition as a 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. She has become a mentor for an upcoming generation of mountain athletes. As a member of Protect Our Winters Riders' Alliance, she shares her stories and life experiences as a voice for advocacy of our wild places.

She is the first woman to climb two 8000 meter peaks, Everest and its neighboring peak Lhotse(Loht-say) – in a single 24-hour period. Just this past September, Hilaree returned to Lhotse to complete the first-ever ski descent of the 4th highest peak in the world, aka the Dream Line.

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Born and raised in the Northwest, Hilaree began skiing at age 3 in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Today, her favorite mountain town is Telluride, CO - a place where she raises her two boys and is fortunate to call home.

Hilaree's career highlights include:
Lhotse Ski Descent, Khumbu Valley Nepal Sept 2018
Mt. Chamberlain Ski, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge May 2018
Denali Cassin Climb/Messner Couloir Ski Descent June 2017
White Sail Indian Himalaya Ski Mountaineering, India May 2017
Ironman Oct 2016
Ski Makalu Expedition, Nepal: Skied from 25,500 feet Sept 2015
National Geographic Grant Recipient, Myanmar Climbing
Expedition, attempt of Hkakabo Razi Fall 2014
Greenland Ski Expedition, Sherpa Film: several 1st descents April, 2014
Summit of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Jan 2014
Nat Geo, North Face, MSU Educational Everest Expedition Spring 2012 North Face Denali Mentor Expedition, Denali National Park, AK June 2011
Ski Exploration of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK April, 2010
Her accomplishments include:
1st Ski descent of Lhotse Coulior Dream Line
1st American Ascent
1st Ski descent Papsura Peak India 2017
Top 10 Broken Arrow Ultra Run 2016
Top 20 Women North Carolina Ironman 2016
1st Female descent of Makalu La Couloir 2015
1st Female Link of two 8000m peaks, Everest and Lhotse 2012

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