14 Peaks: the quest to climb the world’s highest mountains in less than a year

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Another climber would have scoffed. He may have lifted a frosty thumb over his pack-strapped shoulder to a peak 8,000 meters in the distance and rolled and huffed the set of tracks from his snow-capped summit down to his wet boots, can i at least hold my breath, Maybe they’ve shrugged off the notion of venturing out Back In that frozen hellhole to rescue a trapped climber, who would undoubtedly have been alert to the myriad risks of scaling the world’s 10th-highest point. Above all, Nirmal Purja had more mountains to climb – and the clock was ticking. loudly.

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But the part, which goes by Nims for short, isn’t built like the rest of us. For a start, there’s something deep within him that wouldn’t even think of putting a person at risk. So even if a fresh crest Annapurna IThe giant in the Himalayan Massif with a notoriously lethal heritage, had him physically and mentally wronged out, Nims was driven back to the summit with his crack team of Sherpas. As the pitch dark night and bitter air made the already cold temperatures even lower, Nims and his teammates had to slap themselves for staying awake to complete the mission in time for the next helicopter pass – which He left for five minutes.


Had the NIMS not been on that ridge also, the trapped climber would not have survived. But Nims doesn’t make a big deal out of its no-man’s-left-behind ethos. Mostly, he shrinks. “If I don’t implement this in my civilian baggage, whatever I’m doing, I don’t think I’m moving forward,” he tells the Granthshala in Kathmandu.

At the core of the emotional tug-of-war between the greater pride and the greater good lies 14 Peaks – Recently Released Netflix Documentary NIMS attempts to climb the world’s 14 highest peaks (all of which are 8,000 meters or more steeply) in seven months during 2019. For reference, the previous record was seven. years, and among the first men to establish it was Reinhold Messner – easily one of the most accomplished explorers in recent history.

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At first this campaign – dubbed Project Possible – doesn’t just sound ridiculous; That seems huge for Nims, a relative newcomer to mountaineering, whose hard-working, Instagram-influencer reputation seems at odds with the seriousness of her goal. But through the skilful direction of director Torquil Jones, who was behind the detailed document on England manager Bobby Robson, we quickly learn that Nimes is no social climber. Rather, the 38-year-old is a military veteran from Nepal, who has had an illustrious career as a Gorkha (beginning at the age of 18). special boat service, In December 2012, while on vacation, she fell in love with climbing during a trek to Everest Base Camp, twirling her guide’s arm (figuratively, we think) until she told him Climbing 6,119 meters did not help. Lobuche East Peak,

Nirmal Purja after the historic growth of K2 in the winter season. Photograph: Anjum Naved/AP

It was the start of a career built to shatter climbing records. But Nims, a self-proclaimed “peak of Usain Bolt”, known for setting a record appetite for climbing, not only wants to set himself apart. He is equally inspired to gain recognition for the Nepalese Sherpas, who have worked very long and very faithfully in the shadow of white western climbers reaching for immortality.

It hardly spoils the 14 peaks to reveal that, despite their rare perch in the mountaineering world, even nimes are used. “I would have been at the forefront with my team setting up fixed lines, probably 30-35kg, trailblazing around in waist-deep snow in the death zone, and some European or Western climber who has nothing, like, ka Follow back,” Nims says. “And lastly, they wouldn’t even say thank you. They didn’t even openly talk about it on their social media. And I think if people can do that to me, imagine they’re someone older or uneducated.” What can you do with the person?”

The thing that shines through during 99 minutes of 14 Peak is the smile with which Nims welcomes rudeness and obstacles. When his fundraising campaign for Project Possible ends, he takes a second mortgage on his home—then hits the jackpot when His photo of climbers in traffic jams Goes Viral on Mount Everest and Lands on the Front Page of the New York Times. When he trundles to the defeated camp at the base of K2, where other climbers applaud his failed attempts to climb the 10th peak on Project Possible’s to-do list, he sets up an apogee trail for everyone else to follow. blew off. When China initially denied her access to shishapangma, the last peak on the list, NIMS brought down that great bureaucratic wall by appealing directly to the Nepalese government and bombarding their Chinese counterparts with glowing recommendation letters.

The serene 'Nims' shrine at the summit of 8,035 m Gasherbrum II
The serene ‘Nims’ purja at the summit of 8,035 m Gasherbrum II. Photograph: Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja – Bremont Pr/AFP/Getty Images

All the while in the background, he struggles at home (his worried wife, his ailing mother, an angry older brother who opposes his decision to leave the army to pursue this fever dream) and he other Giant Peak – an ever-increasing mountain of sponsorship obligations. And then of course there was a documentary shoot he was actively producing, an added responsibility that would justify his decision to scale those peaks with the aid of oxygen – a point of contention in the climbing community. “Throughout this project, climbing was the easiest thing I’ve ever done,” he says.

You don’t have to be a mountaineering enthusiast to enjoy 14 peaks. The extreme power of Nims’ infectious personality makes it easy enough. But there is a possibility that you will return to the movie again and again, Nims has a warm heart mission like mother abs, a testament to the levels a person can climb if they don’t let negativity stand in the way of their big dreams.

“It’s about achieving the impossible in life,” says Nimes, who ranges from being poor and watching TV through her neighbors’ windows to “one of the world’s greatest mountaineering movies….. So, You know, you don’t need to go to film school and all that stuff to make it. Just have a vision.”

Likewise, reaching the top of the 14 peaks would be difficult.

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