Woman Breaks Speed Record For Summiting All 14 of the World’s 8,000m Peaks

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A Norwegian woman is on target to break the speed record for ascending all 14 of the world’s mountains above 8,000m (26,000-feet).


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Kristin Harila, 36, most recently summited 27,766-foot Makalu in the same week that she conquered 29,035-foot Mount Everest and 27,940-foot Lhotse. That takes her to six peaks in 29-days, reports Outside Online.

“This completed the first phase in Nepal, where we have climbed 6 8000 meter since Annapurna april 28😅🙏🏻🏔”

– Kristin Harila on Instagram

The six Nepali peaks are Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu.

map of highest mountains in the world
All of the tallest mountains are in the Himalaya range.

Harila climbed the six peaks two days quicker than the previous record-holder Nirmal Purja. Purja climbed the 14 peaks in just over six months, finishing in October 2019, taking 7-YEARS off the previous record. The previous record was previously held by South Korean Kim Chang-ho who completed all 8,000ers in seven years, 10 months, and six days. Only 36 mountaineers have ever climbed all 14 of the world’s highest peaks.


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Purja’s effort was dubbed Mission Impossible and his success spawned a Netflix series called ’14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible’.

Like Purja, Harila is relying on helicopters to transport her from mountain to mountain and is using supplemental oxygen. She has set up a GoFundMe to support her record-breaking attempt.

“In 2019, Nims set a world record for taking all 14 mountains over 8000 meters in 6 months and 6 days. The previous record was seven years. Now I will show that it is possible for a girl to do the same!”

– Kristen Harila

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