FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Diana Roth, Senior Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE AND PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER AND MOUNTAINEER
HILAREE NELSON IN PITTSBURGH
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2018 | 7:30 P.M. | AUGUST WILSON CENTER
Tickets for “Point of No Return” with Hilaree Nelson are on sale now.
—National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring speaker series, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust are proud to announce “Point of No Return” with Hilaree Nelson, a National Geographic Explorer and mountaineer who ascended Myanmar’s Hkakabo Razi with a National Geographic team to determine its exact height. Nelson is also the first woman to have climbed both Everest and its neighbor, Lhotse, in a single 24-hour period. Hilaree Nelson: Point of No Return will take place at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Tickets (starting at $25) are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at TrustArts.org, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at TrustArts.org/GroupSales.
Nelson started skiing at age three at Stevens Pass in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Shortly after graduating from Colorado College, she took a leap of faith and moved to Chamonix, France, to explore the world of ski mountaineering and climbing. In 1999 Nelson skied the Bubble Fun Couloir on Wyoming’s Buck Mountain, a technical run that drops into a 61-foot cliff. It was the first female descent, and it caught the attention of The North Face. Less than a month later, The North Face sent her on her first expedition to India’s Deo Tibba, in the Himalaya. Two years later, the company signed Nelson as one of their professional athletes. She joined legendary climbers and extreme athletes from multiple disciplines.
As the recipient of a National Geographic Explorers grant, Nelson led a team of alpinists, photographers, and filmmakers to attempt a first ascent of Hkakabo Razi in northern Myanmar in 2014. The film about their adventure and well-publicized feuding, Down to Nothing, won the Best Cinematography Award at the Telluride Mountainfilm festival in 2015. Nelson attempted another Himalayan giant, Makalu, which was named by Outside as one of the “most badass adventures of 2015.”
Between expeditions, Nelson spends her time as a mother, adventuring with her two sons. 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. Nelson also shares her stories through motivational speaking engagements across the country.
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