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Norwegian climber units her sights on 14 peaks report

Kristin Harila hopes to alter the way in which the mountaineering world views ladies climbers. — AFP

KATHMANDU: A Norwegian climber is on observe to beat the time report for summiting the globe’s 14 highest peaks, a part of her quest to alter how the mountaineering world views ladies athletes.

Kristin Harila has already climbed six mountains over 8,000 metres (26,250 ft) excessive, together with Everest, within the final two months.

The 36-year-old hopes to match or surpass Nepali adventurer Nirmal Purja and his groundbreaking 2019 report of six months and 6 days, an achievement that smashed the earlier report and was profiled in a preferred Netflix documentary.

“In historical past and till now, it has been the sturdy macho males going out climbing mountains,” Harila advised AFP this week.

“Once I discuss to folks that aren’t on this sport, they imagine that males are extra succesful than ladies… If we’re going to change, we have to get consideration and present that girls are simply as succesful.”

Male climbers and guides far outnumber ladies within the prime tier of the game, with solely a handful of ladies mountaineers getting consideration and sponsorships for his or her expeditions.

Out of practically a thousand climbers who visited Nepal’s famed Himalayan peaks this 12 months, solely round a fifth have been ladies, in response to Nepali authorities knowledge.

Harila’s first notable climb was on Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro in 2015, however she made headlines final 12 months for turning into the quickest girl to journey between the summits of Everest and Mount Lhotse in Nepal.

She achieved that feat in 12 hours, however broke her personal report this 12 months, knocking 4 hours off her time.

However neither report was sufficient to persuade main sponsors to again her present endeavour.

“There are many women and girls (who need) to climb, they need to have the sponsorship from the manufacturers,” she stated.

“It’s simpler for the manufacturers to imagine in what the boys are presenting.”

The previous cross-country skier was capable of finding assist from Bremont Watches and another manufacturers, however nonetheless needed to promote her residence to fund the mission, she stated.

‘Encourage ladies’

Solely round 40 folks in historical past have summited all 14 of the world’s 8,000-metre-plus peaks.

None have come near Nirmal Purja’s 2019 expedition. He demolished the earlier report for conducting the feat with supplemental oxygen, set by Poland’s Jerzy Kukuczka within the Eighties at seven years, 11 months and 14 days.

Harila stated the Nepali climber was an “inspiration”.

“However for me, it’s not a contest towards him, I don’t care a lot about that,” she added.

Nonetheless, she climbed her first six peaks in simply 29 days, accompanied by her Nepali guides Pasdawa and Dawa Ongju Sherpa, breaking an earlier report set by Purja.

“She is a really sturdy and decided climber. The primary part has been record-breaking,” Lakpa Sherpa of 8K Expeditions, Harila’s expedition organiser, advised AFP.

The crew is now making ready to depart for Pakistan to climb their subsequent 5 mountains, together with K2 and the 8,126 metre (26,660 foot) Nanga Parbat, whereas she raises extra funds for the expedition.

Maya Sherpa, the president of the Everest Summiteers Affiliation, stated Harila’s mission was a welcome effort to deliver extra ladies into the male-dominated climbing world.

“Climbers like her are crucial to set an instance,” Sherpa stated.

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