Expedition Now In Jeopardy
"With a heavy heart, I have to announce that Project Possible has been delayed for at least 4 weeks." Project Possible 14/7 is still possible, my Oct target is still realistic but the pressure is on..” - Nirmal 'Nims' Purja, June 6.
Our previous update showed how Nims had challenged endurance records by climbing 5 peaks over 8000 meters (26,247ft) in only 2 weeks. He also finished his first 6 peaks one week ahead of time.
Yet he has been struggling to acquire the funding needed to climb the next phase of peaks over 8000 meters, those of Pakistan's Karakorum Range.
Many have said that if there is anyone who can complete the challenge of all 14 peaks over 8000 meters in 7 months, it is Nims. "After visiting with Nims he stands a good chance of pulling this off if he can get the funding. He is fresh, strong and well acclimated", said mountaineer Conrad Anker.
In the absence of funding, Nims has taken some time off to go visit his parents in Nepal. His father was a Gurkha, part of the Indian elite fighting force from the former Gorkha Kingdom, located in present-day Nepal.
But Nims does not seem discouraged. "It’s not OVER until it’s OVER - believe me I will still make this happen!"