Kristin Harila stayed at the same place for 10 days during October the Cho Oyu Base Camp is extremely cold the Himalayas.

Her goal was to attain Nirmal Purja.

In 2019, Purja attempted to ascend all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter mountains in a single season. Even though it seemed absurd at first, the idea was not lost on anyone. the most aggressive climbers. But he proved that it was possible, setting a mind-bending record of six months and Six days. Harila was now determined to prove that women can achieve. the Extreme mountaineering men reach the same heights

Harila is a Norwegian woman of 37 years. and A novice explorer was certain that she would be able to handle the task. the climb. She and Pasdawa Sherpa, her team and Dawa Ongchu, had spent the Prior five month scaling 12 the world’s 14 8,000-meter peaks at an unprecedented pace.

But she wasn’t confident that this attempt would be worth the risk.

Cho Oyu sherpas would attempt to climb the highest heights each day to try to find new ropes to attach to their route. the summit. They returned each night with alarming reports: Tents were set up in the vicinity the First camp was washed away during an avalanche. The ropes that were held between them had been reattached. the 1. and The third camp was buried under snow. and Winds at the Summit were climbing at 60 miles an hour.

Even if the The equipment can withstand the weather, the sherpas weren’t sure the It is possible to climb.

If approached from the Tibet Side, Cho Oyu the Safest the 14 peaks. Harila and It was a difficult task for her and her team. the Nepalese side, because of their visas and The permission to enter Tibet was never granted the Chinese government. Even if they were able to ascend Cho Oyu’s legendary ascension, it would not be possible for them to gain access. the mission’s final peak as the Shishapangma mountain can be found in Tibet.

“It was impossible for me to climb it alone,” Harila spoke on November’s video conference. “Otherwise, I would have tried. I didn’t want to be responsible for anyone losing a finger or a toe — or their life.”

Eventually, Harila’s team convinced her to call off the expedition.

“My plan now is to do a Cho Oyu winter expedition,” She said that her unwavering focus was what she stood for. “It’s possible to do the whole mission again in five months if I start in winter. Then it won’t be just 14 peaks — it’ll be 14 plus one or two that I’ll end up climbing twice.”

In some ways, Harila is an unlikely successor to — or surpasser of — Purja. A former professional skier, women’s prison guard and Harila is a furniture industry executive who summited her first mountain at 8,000m in 2021. However, her first climb was a mistake that led to Harila realizing that she might be an elite climber. the The fastest female to climb Mount Everest and Lhotse reached both summits in under 12 hours. She broke the record on her 2014 attempt at 14 peaks.

Norway: Returning Home during the Höhe the Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, she had to be quarantined at a hotel. for 10 days. “I was stuck in this room, and I couldn’t stop thinking about these 8,000-meter peaks,” Harila said. “I was thinking: I’m 35, and I really want to climb them all. If I want to do it, I need to do it fast. That was part of it. And the other part of it was: If I’m going to change this sport, the best way I can do it is by showing that women are just as capable as men on these high mountains.”

Modern mountaineering history has been predominantly male. the sky-scratching Himalayan and Karakoram Ranges are the home to the 14 peaks. There is fierce debate about who has climbed all fourteen peaks. the mountaineering community, but there’s no question that most of the Humans have attempted to make these attempts. Men have made many attempts to do so. the There are 53 people who have claimed to have climbed them all. Only four of these climbers are female. Four men are the only climbers who have been officially recognised by This website is a highly respected record-keeper, but it does not recognize them as official records. (Purja, however, is one of them. the His official time is listed on the website as being 2 years, 5 mois and He stopped at Manaslu’s false summit on the original expedition, which took him 15 days to complete.

“The mountains are a great equalizer,” Melissa Arnot Reid has been an Everest guide ever since 2008. and Was the American women are the first to reach summit the world’s highest peak without supplemental oxygen. “They don’t care what your gender is. They don’t care what your bank account balance is or what degree you have or what color your skin is — but the reality is way more nuanced than that. To get to the mountains, you have to get to the base. And that’s expensive. This is a colonial activity. It’s really white, and it’s really wealthy, and it’s really male.”

In 1994, when Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, an Austrian mountaineer, started her mission to summit all 14 peaks without bottled oxygen, she had no choice but to wear the smallest size men’s gear, she told The Sunday Review in an email. Twenty-five year later, the American Caroline Gleich was getting Here gear together for her “Climb for Equality” She faced Everest’s challenges the same issue: She couldn’t find a technical snowsuit in her size. Gleich reached out Reid who packed her suit into a priority mailbox. and You shipped it to Gleich.

“When you can’t even find equipment that fits you,” Gleich said, “it sends a powerful message about where the world says you belong.”

Harila searched for months to find the funds she needed to fund her trip, which she estimated cost around $500,000 for sponsors. She hadn’t secured any by the Time she had to leave Norway for her expedition in spring 2013. She sold her apartment, not letting that stop her. and Put all the Proceeds toward the project. It wasn’t until she arrived in Nepal and was in preparation for summit the Annapurna Mountain, where she found her primary sponsor the Bremont watch. (The company also sponsored Purja, and According to a spokesperson, both climbers had been awarded the Same support.

Sponsorships, and Permissions will be key for her to set another record, starting this winter.

Harila however, is not easily distracted. You can find Harila here. the past year, she’s lost more than 20 pounds from a punishing combination of physical exhaustion and regular battles with food poisoning, she’s been blasted in the leg by a tumbling boulder, she’s fallen off the Back of truck and she’s survived ice storms, freezing summit pushes and Near misses in avalanches

She’s also summited 12 of the world’s 14 highest peaks, and she hopes that paperwork won’t be what keeps her from reaching her ultimate height once again.