Climber Nirmal “Nims” Purja is making an attempt to do the inconceivable. As a part of Bremont Project Possible, Purja is making an attempt to climb all 14 of the world’s eight,000-meter peaks in a single season, which might demolish the present document of eight years.
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Earlier this yr, Purja made his second ascent of Everest—capturing this now-viral picture of a site visitors jam on the mountain in the course of—and then completed off the first of his three phases of Project Possible, by climbing to the summit of the 27,940-foot Lhotse and 27,838-foot Makalu mountains.
The first section included Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, whereas the second section included Pakistan’s Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum 1, Gasherbrum 2, K2, and Broad Peak, which Nims completed off in simply 9 days. The closing section consists of Manaslu, Cho Oyu, and Shishapangma.
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“For this next phase, I’m very excited for Cho Oyu because that’s the last mountain and I would like to open the route from the Nepal side,” Purja informed Men’s Journal. “There’s no commercial route from there and it’s also really good for the Sherpas, for the Nepalese climbing community and for everybody. It will be much cheaper for those who want to climb Cho Oyu if they go from the Nepal side and I am very excited about that.”
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We caught up with Purja throughout a break from one among his climbs to speak about his important gear, favourite locations to climb, and extra.
On his favourite/important gear for climbing: “You definitely need a really decent bomb-proof summit suit, because that’s what you wear in these extreme conditions and at extreme altitude. So having a Thrudark summit suit has been absolutely fantastic. I do also have very reliable kit from Black Diamond. Of course, when you climb, you have to carry your gear and so having a really light-but-strong backpack from Osprey has always been helpful for me.”
On his favourite locations that he’s climbed—and the place he’d wish to go in the future: “Some memorable ones would include Annapurna, not only because it is one of the most dangerous mountains to climb, ranked as No. 1 with one-in-four people dying over there, but also because we opened the route that hasn’t been climbed since 1970. Annapurna also saw us conducting the rescue of Mr. Chin, of course, that will always be remembered. Kanchenjunga was just as memorable, where we completely came off the oxygen at 8,450m to rescue these two climbers who were left behind. I’ll never forget that because it was the hardest thing I have ever done. From the second phase, it would have to be K2 purely because of the nature of how it was this season. I also think there are a lot of mountains in Pakistan to be explored, so I look forward to going over there and doing some unclimbed peaks in the near future.”
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On his favourite meals to eat/put together whereas climbing: “My favorite food is dahl bhat, the only Nepalese food you can eat on all the expeditions. Everyone from the mountaineering community would know this!”
On his favourite drink: “A G&T. It’s always good to have fun when you work really hard and just have that moment where you enjoy the world, reward hard work, and success.”
On the finest recommendation he’s obtained—and recommendation for different climbers: “Well, the finest recommendation I can ever give to anybody, not solely when it comes to mountaineering however basically life, is to not take heed to anybody. Listen to your coronary heart, imagine in your self and all the time give 100 %. Stay disciplined and one can solely give 100 % of what you are able to do, so by following that precept you’ll have an opportunity to achieve success.
As for different climbers, my greatest recommendation is that you just all the time need to know your physique. You want to find your private limits and everybody reacts otherwise at sure altitudes, however so long as you will have a superb understanding of your self, then you need to be nice. In phrases of substances, I can solely advise what I put on so I might advocate Thrudark and Black Diamond gear which has all the time been very dependable for me.”
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