To call Nims Purja an accomplished mountain climber would be a severe understatement. In 2019, he climbed all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter (26,000 feet) and above peaks in six months and six days- a speedrun never even considered before. In 2021, he led the first successful expedition up K2 in winter- without bottled oxygen. He’s been to the top of Everest a half-dozen times. Purja’s feats were chronicled in his book Beyond Possible and in the Netflix documentary 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible.
Purja has been criticized for being a dedicated self-promoter, a social media influencer who relies on simplistic motivational aphorisms to promote his brand. But Purja’s most personal business venture is based on a novel but welcome innovation: his Himalayan climbing guide company, Elite Exped, employs and partners with Nepalese Sherpas and pays them at least as much as Western mountain guides are paid, making the most skilled guides into rich men. Read a profile of Nim Purja, known as Nimsdai, and how he turned the sport and business of extreme mountain climbing on its head at GQ. -via Digg
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