/ Skiing mountaineering
For Hilaree O’Neill, skiing is the gateway to possibility. She started skiing at age 3 at Steven’s Pass in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state. She took a leap of faith shortly after graduating from Colorado College and moved to Chamonix, France. In many ways, her five years in Chamonix served as a second round of college in that this where she was introduced to the world of big mountain skiing and climbing. From there, the place for Hilaree was anywhere she could cut turns on mountain slopes: volcanoes in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia, in Mongolia, India, Lebanon, and first descents of the tight couloirs of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Her mountain adventures led Outside Magazine to name Hilaree one of the most adventurous women in the world of sports. In 2014, she received a National Geographic Grant in which she led an expedition of alpinists through the wilds of Myanmar in an attempt to establish a new route on the highest peak in SE Asia.
She has repeatedly made a mark in the Himalayas. In 2005, climbing the 8,000-meter peak Cho Oyu in Tibet, from which she made the 2nd female oxygenless ski descent. In 2008, she attempted to climb and ski Gasherbrum II in Pakistan.
In 2012, surrounded by team members she would mentor, and alpinists who would mentor her, she climbed both Everest and it’s neighbor Lhotse making here the first woman to climb consecutive 8000m peaks in a single day.
And most recently, Hilaree attempted another Himalayan giant, Makalu which was named by Outside Magazine as one of the “Most Badass Adventures of 2015".