Hilaree Nelson, MountaineerPoint of No Return
Hilaree Nelson, Mountaineer
Roy Thomson Hall presents
Point of No Return
In the fall of 2014, a National Geographic team set out on what they knew would be a harrowing first ascent to the summit of Myanmar’s Hkakabo Razi to measure it and determine if it is indeed Southeast Asia’s highest point. What they didn’t realize was that the greatest obstacle wouldn’t be dwindling rations, gruelling jungle hikes, or the life-threatening hypothermia. It was the force of conflicting personalities that threatened to unravel the entire endeavour. Leader Hilaree O’Neill recounts the tough decisions she had to make to keep the team together, accompanied by photographer Cory Richards’s dramatic stills and clips from Renan Ozturk’s award-winning documentary film, Down to Nothing.
Hilaree O’Neill started skiing at the age of 3 and has gone on to be the first female to climb consecutive 8000m peaks in a single day, concurring both Everest and neighbouring Lhotse. She is also the second female to climb the 8,000-meter peak of Cho Oyu in Tibet, with an oxygenless ski descent. Outside Magazine has named Hilaree one of the most adventurous women in the world of sports and Most Badass Adventures of 2015. In addition, her writing has been published in National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic’s “The Call of Everest”, the Ski Journal, Outside Magazine Online, the Outdoor Journal and several other publications.
Photo Credit: Adam Clark