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Project Possible.

Fourteen peaks,
seven months.

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Project Possible

Between April and October 2019, Nims attempted the most ambitious sequence of climbs of all time: to summit the world’s 14 highest peaks - the 8000’ers, in an astonishing 7 month window. At the time the record stood at just under 8 years.

The peaks, all within the Himalaya and Karakoram mountain ranges, were not selected because of their infamous technical challenges, nor because of their close proximity, but rather for the one thing they have in common: they are the only summits higher than 8,000m, in the notorious ‘death zone’ where human life cannot exist.

Only 40 climbers have achieved the feat of ascending all 14, 8,000m peaks. The previous world record for one individual to climb them consecutively stood at 7 years 11 months and 14 days held by Jerzy Kukuczka in 1987, and South Korean Kim Chang-ho who beat Kukuczka’s record in 2013 by just 1 month and 8 days. Nims’ vision was to re-write the history books in a monumental manner, this naturally attracted it’s sceptics and to many, the project seemed impossible, despite the expedition title ‘Project Possible’. Securing the financial partners was clearly going to be an additional mountain to climb.

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Nimsdai Purja MBE
High altitude expedition leader

Elite combat wasn’t enough. I wanted more of a test. Something nobody thought was possible - to climb all fourteen “death zone” mountains in seven months.

Mission complete,
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Phase 01
May 28, 2019
Phase 02
August 2, 2019
Phase 03
October 29, 2019

A record breaking project

Alongside the overall goal of climbing the world’s 14 tallest peaks, Nims achieved a further six world records in the process. No one could have guessed how quickly Nims and the team would complete the challenge. But the skill, planning, awareness and sheer self-belief of Nims and his team have shown that even the impossible, is possible.

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