Nims Makes History After Fighting Whiteouts and Toothache
In his quest to climb every 8,000m (26,250ft) mountain in just seven months, Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja was down to one last hurdle, Shishapangma in Tibet.
At first, it wasn’t clear if Nims would even be granted a permit to climb the mountain; only a last minute change of heart by the Chinese authorities allowed Nims a shot at this final peak. On October 21, Nims arrived at Base Camp alongside his sherpa team: Mingma Gyabu Sherpa, Ges Man Tamang and Gelje Sherpa.
Early on, they endured some terrible weather and an unfortunate bout of toothache for Nims. Winds had been as high as 75kmph and whiteout conditions made even acclimatization rotations tricky. However, the group toughed it out. Weather forecasts suggested that a summit window could arrive on October 29 and Nims and his team took their chance.
Today he announced, “Mission achieved.” There’s not much information yet but he seems to have reached the summit early this morning. Nims has now smashed the previous record for climbing the world’s 14 highest mountains by over six years, completing the task in just seven months!