Nepalese rescue workers are searching for world-famous US mountaineer Hilaree Nelson after she went missing on the eighth tallest mountain in the world on Monday.
The North Face-sponsored mountaineer, Hilaree Nelson, reportedly fell into a deep crevasse on Monday during a ski descent from the summit of Mount Manaslu in Nepal that she had reached earlier with her partner.
On the same day that Ms Nelson went missing, another mountaineer was killed and over a dozen injured in an avalanche lower down the mountain.
On Tuesday morning rescue workers from Nepal managed to get out in a helicopter to search for her, their efforts were hampered by bad weather on Monday.
Phurte Sherpa, one of the climbers injured in the avalanche, told the Associated Press that rescue services had made two unsuccessful helicopter searches.
According to witnesses, 49-year-old Nelson slipped and appeared to fall into a 2,000ft crevasse (gap in the ice), just 15 minutes after successfully reaching the summit of the 26,781ft peak.
Outside magazine said that a local guide told them that other climbers who were with the couple reported that "her ski blade skidded off and she fell off the other side of the peak",
Her partner, Jim Morrison, safely made his way back to base camp after the incident.
Ms Nelson and Mr Morrison are among the most accomplished alpinists and backcountry skiers in the world.
In 2018, the couple became the first to ever ski down the world's fourth-highest peak, Mount Lhotse. Ms Nelson was also the first woman to ever climb both Mount Lhotse and Mount Everest in a single 24-hour period.
North Face said about her on their website: "With a career spanning two decades that includes dozens of first descents through more than 40 expeditions to 16 different countries, Hilaree Nelson is the most prolific ski mountaineer of her generation."