American climbers ski down world’s 4th-highest mountain

              FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2000, file photo, the southern face of Mount Everest including Mount Lhotse, middle right, soars above the monsoon clouds at the border of Nepal and Tibet. Pemba Sherpa of the Xtreme Climbers Treks and Expeditions says American climbers James Morrison and Hilaree Nelson successfully skied down Mount Lhotse’s 8,516-meter (27,940-foot) summit after scaling it on Sunday. (AP Photo/John McConnico, File)

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Two American climbers have successfully skied down from the summit of the world’s fourth-highest mountain, organizers said Monday.

James Morrison of Tahoe, California, and Hilaree Nelson of Telluride, Colorado, scaled Mount Lhotse’s 8,516-meter (27,940-foot) summit on Sunday with two other climbers and three Nepalese Sherpa guides, said Pemba Sherpa of Xtreme Climbers Treks and Expeditions.

Morrison and Nelson then descended down the mountain on their skis.

They were both safe and are expected to reach the base camp later Monday.

It’s believed to be the first time anyone has skied down from Mount Lhotse, a sister peak of Mount Everest. Climbers attempting to scale Everest and Lhotse share most of the route.

They were the only teams in the Lhotse-Everest region this autumn as most climbers prefer the spring season in April and May for scaling the peaks.