Another Friday and another weekly video but, this one is particularly special. In 2019, Nirmal Purja, or more commonly known as Nimsdai, embarked on his ‘Project Possible’ – an insane mission to summit all fourteen 8000 metre peaks in a record breaking 7 months. Having only entered the world of big mountain climbing in 2012, Nimsdai made his first 8000 metre ascent two years later, summitting Dhaulagiri in a return trip of just 15 days. From high altitude novice to Project Possible in 7 years sounds ridiculous, but Nims is pretty unique.
Reinhold Messner became the first to climb all of the eight-thousanders in 1986, it took him 16 years. This record fell to just under 8 years by the time Nimsdai set out to tick them all – he completed it in just 6 months and 6 days. Credit for Nepal’s epic mountaineers has been long overdue, often ignored in the face of big money and a white, westerner’s summit shot. Nims was unrelenting in his quest to prove to the world that the Nepali Sherpa are the best high-altitude mountaineers in the world, doing so emphatically by summitting each peak with his very own crackpot team of Nepal’s finest. An achievement ripped from the realms of impossibility, this film is both poignant and truly remarkable.
The film can be found on Netflix where a subscription will be required, until then, here’s the trailer to whet your alpine appetite.