National Geographic Live presents Hilaree Nelson: Point of No Return at the CCPA

National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring-speaker series, is proud to announce Point of No Return with Hilaree Nelson, the first woman to have climbed both Mt. Everest and its neighbor, Lhotse, in a single 24-hour period. Nelson speaks at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $45.

In NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE! POINT OF NO RETURN, explorer-mountaineer HILAREE NELSON shares a grueling account of the 2014 harrowing journey to ascend Myanmar’s Hkakabo Razi with a National Geographic team to determine its exact height. The trip was marred by pitfalls and challenges: sketchy motorcycle rides in the rain, hellish jungle slogs, dwindling food supplies, logistical failures, howling winds, false summits, and hypothermia. Yet, it was actually conflicting personalities that pushed the group to the brink mentally and physically, threatening to unravel the endeavor. The film about their adventure and well-publicized feuding, Down to Nothing, won the “Best Cinematography” Award at the 2015 Telluride Mountainfilm festival. Nelson will recount the experience and tough decisions she had to make to keep the team together – and alive.

Nelson started skiing at age 3 at Stevens Pass in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Shortly after graduating from Colorado College, she moved to France to explore ski mountaineering and climbing. In 1999, she became the first woman to ski the Bubble Fun Couloir on Wyoming’s Buck Mountain, a technical run that drops into a 61-foot cliff. This caught the attention of The North Face and the company sent Nelson on her first expedition to India’s Deo Tibba in the Himalayas and eventually signed her as one of its professional athletes.

National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs feature a broad roster of talented photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers, and adventurers who have connected with audiences worldwide for more than a century.

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This article was released by the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.