This movement inevitably means that each climb can be different, even on the same routes. During the earthquake in 2015 the famous Hillary step, a rocky outcrop just below the summit, collapsed thus changing this route forever.
The weather will be the challenge that Nims and his team will face everyday. Currently on Annapurna Nims has fixed lines to Camp 4 and just when an attempt on the summit looked possible the weather closed in.
“I won’t risk safety for the sake of stupidity”, said Nims as the team waits in Camp 2 for the weather to clear, “Every climber has to balance what they can control – their own capabilities, their goals and plans – with the elements of nature that you cannot control.
My aim is to complete this project successfully. To do this I must be prepared to adapt my planned timescale if it is needed but I am confident that I can achieve this world record in the 7 months I have already planned.”
Having experienced 8 avalanches already Nims and his team have had the ‘reality checks’ of what they are about to face but with mental resilience that all things are possible the wait for the summit window will be seized at the earliest opportunity.