Two years ago Nirmal “Nims” Purja did the impossible – summiting all fourteen of the world’s 8,000-meter mountains in 6 months and 6 days. During that period he set a number of records and cemented himself into the history of mountain climbing.
Now Netflix have released a documentary of the struggle to achieve his “Project Possible 14/7”. The trailer covers the tone and some of the great footage taken throughout his journey. The film was released on the 29th of November 2021 and can be watched now on Netflix. Much of the footage was taken by Nirmal and his teams, with the film directed by Torquil Jones.
If you’re into mountaineering, alpine climbing, insane world records, or just want to be amazed by what humans can do then we recommend a watch. The film also shows how central the Nepalese Sherpas are to basically any mountaineering effort. The community has long been just a footnote in articles on Western climber’s summits.
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As a Nepalese-born climber, Nims has brought a lot of spotlight on the unsung heroes. On his historic K2 attempt the team was made up of all Nepalese climbers – mainly Sherpas. Together they tried for the first Winter ascent of K2, known as the deadliest mountain of the eight-thousanders.
There was a limited theatrical run in cinemas – though not a major release. A Nirmal Purja documentary was always on the cards with how incredible his climbing has been in the past few years, even before the speed attempt of all fourteen mountains.
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Nirmal “Nims” Purja’s records: –
- Fastest ascent of all fourteen 8,000 meter peaks using supplemental oxygen – 6 months, 6 days
- First winter ascent of K2 – second highest mountain in the world – along with nine other Nepali climbers
- Fastest ascent of the three highest mountains – Everest, K2, and Kanchenjunga
- Fastest ascent of the five highest mountains – The three above plus Lhotse and Makalu
- Most 8,000 meter mountains in one spring season – with six
- Most 8,000 meter mountains in one summer season – with five
Nims wasn’t the first person to climb all fourteen of the peaks over 8,000 meters tall – that was Reinhold Messner. Reinhold did it over the course of sixteen years but notably did it without any supplemental oxygen. It’s also worth noting that Reinhold Messner is likely a once-in-a-century climber.