Norwegian mountaineer Kristin Harila is hoping to become the climber who ascends the world’s 14 highest peaks in record time, and she’s on track to accomplish it.
“Mission achieved!” Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja reported from the summit of Shishapangma with his teammates Mingma David Sherpa, Galjen Sherpa and Gesman Tamang back in October 2019. The Nepalese mountaineer and former British soldier had just completed his goal of climbing all 14 8,000-metre mountains in only six months and six days. He broke six mountaineering world records in the process. If you haven’t watched 14 Peaks, which features Purja’s accomplishment, then you should check it out. Read our review here.
Starting with Annapurna on April 28, then climbing Dhaulagiri before moving onto the world’s third highest peak, Kangchenjunga, Harila started her season strong. She then bettered her own record for the Everest/Lhotse linkup by taking just over nine hours to complete both on May 22, having previously climbed them in 12 hours. “It was a struggle,” said Harila. “The weather got worse, but it was no turning back. I am tired, but very happy.”
On May 27, Harila summited Makalu for her sixth in just 29 days, beating Purja’s 31-day record in 2019. With her ascent of Maklau, she’s still on track to complete all 14 8,000-metre peaks faster than Purja, but she still has eight of the world’s highest to climb.
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