In an extraordinary achievement, a Norwegian woman claims to have completed the fastest climbing of all 14 highest mountains in the world. Kristin Harila, a former professional skier, completed this challenging endeavor in just three months and one day, surpassing the previous record held by Nirmal “Nims” Purja by an impressive three months and five days.
Harila’s final summit was K2 in Pakistan, the world’s second-highest mountain. She had set out with the ambitious goal of climbing all 14 peaks above 8,000 meters in less than four months.
Harila’s journey has not been without its share of controversy
Despite her remarkable feat, Harila’s journey has not been without its share of controversy. Mingma G, a prominent sherpa, criticized her ascent of Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest mountain at 8,163 meters, due to her team’s apparent heavy reliance on helicopters to stock camps on the mountain before the successful ascent.
Despite the controversies surrounding her achievement, Kristin Harila’s accomplishment stands as a testament to her determination and skill as an adventurer and mountaineer.
Osprey, the outdoor company sponsoring Kristin Harila, was the first to announce her success on her final peak.
Successful ascent of all 14 mountains towering above 8,000 meters
In their statement, Osprey congratulated Kristin and her dedicated climbing partner, Tenjin ‘Lama’ Sherpa, on reaching the final summit, K2 in Pakistan. This achievement marked the successful ascent of all 14 mountains towering above 8,000 meters within an astonishing world record time of just three months and one day (92 days).
According to Osprey, Kristin’s remarkable accomplishment has set a new benchmark in mountaineering history and solidified her status as an exceptional trailblazer in the field. The statement praised her dedication and resilience, serving as an inspiration to adventurers and mountaineers worldwide, showing that extraordinary heights can be reached with determination.
The collaboration between Harila and Lama showcased the essence of mountaineering unity, transcending borders and cultures to achieve greatness together. The two expressed their gratitude to their supporters worldwide and the entire mountaineering community for their unwavering encouragement and belief in their quest.
During her ascents, Kristin Harila utilized bottled oxygen and relied on support from sherpas. However, it was not specified how many of the summits Tenjin Sherpa had climbed with her.
The circuit of climbing all 14 mountains was first completed by the legendary Reinhold Messner, considered one of the world’s greatest mountaineers, which took him several years to accomplish. In recent times, other mountaineers have sought to achieve this feat in a matter of months, with Nirmal “Nims” Purja being the first to claim it in 2009.