Successful Summit of World’s Deadliest Mountain, Annapurna!
After being forced to take a new route due to unexpected excessive avalanche danger, the Project Possible team and Nirmal Purja have made it to the summit of Annapurna I (26,545 ft or 8091m). Annapurna I is the 10th highest mountain in the world but has the highest percentage of loss of life with 32% of climbers not making it back alive.
This officially kick-starts 14/7 Project Possible as it is the first peak attained of the 14 peaks over 8000m (26247 ft). This also marks the first successful climb of Annapurna of the season.
The team felt they had no other choice than to climb a route called the 'Dutch Rib'. It is thought that this is the first time this route has been climbed since the 1970s. Purja thought that this would have to be the choice this year for all climbers of all seasons.
Winds had died down but the team was reporting knee-deep snow, making the climbing exhausting.
"The amount of risk you have to take here is unavoidable. The only way to avoid it is if you don’t climb," said Purja about Annapurna.
Now to make a safe descent and then 13 more to go!