Hilaree O'Neill. Photo: Mason Mashon/CLIF Bar
Hilaree O'Neill. Photo: Mason Mashon/CLIF Bar

The Most Adventurous Woman on the Mountain

On this episode of the Nausicaa Cast, ski mountaineer Hilaree O'Neill talks first ascents and constant learning

PHOTO: Mason Mashon/CLIF Bar

On this episode of the “Nausicaa Cast” podcast, presented by Powder Radio, host Hadley Hammer interviews ski mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill. One of the most adventurous women in the outdoor sphere, she has made first descents all over the world.

In 1996, O’Neill headed to Chamonix with plans to stay a few months. Ultimately, she stayed for six years, competing in (and winning) some of the early freeskiing competitions and opening her eyes to an emerging world of skiing.

“I think what worked in my favor the most was total ignorance,” says O’Neill. “I moved there not thinking I was going to make my whole life skiing and climbing mountains.”

Listen to the full podcast below.

The “Nausicaa Cast” podcast explores the trajectory of the world's leading female skiers who have dedicated their lives to snow. Instead of comparisons, pejorative campaigns, and female-focused questions—Nausicaa aims to learn about each individual as humans. For more Powder Radio, check out “The Storytellers” podcast, and “Sponsored.”

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