8000m record hunt started: Kristin Harila climbs Shishapangma

Norwegian Kristin Harila on Wednesday started her record attempt to scale the world's 14 highest peaks in less than six months. She started her race exactly where she had to give up last year due to a lack of permits: on Shishapangma.

The starting signal has been given: with the Shishapangma effect Kristin Harila the first of a total of 14 eight-thousanders in their «She Moves Mountains»-Expedition boarded. The Norwegian has set her sights on nothing less than beating Nirmal Purja's record time of six months and six days. And the former elite cross-country skier wants to be significantly faster than the reigning Nepalese record holder:

"I believe it's possible to climb the 14 highest mountains in the world in just 4 months."

Kristin Harila
Kristin Harila at the top of Shishapangma.
Kristin Harila at the top of Shishapangma.

High up despite little experience

Kristin Harila only climbed her first mountain in 2015. Since then she has been collecting eight-thousanders and records. For example, according to her sponsor Osprey, she is the fastest mountaineer to climb the five highest mountains in the world (68 days), the fastest woman from peak to peak between Everest and Lhotse (8,5 hours) or the fastest person to climb the climbed six eight-thousanders in spring in Nepal (25 days).

Record attempt for second

Last year, Kristin Harila attempted to climb the world's highest peaks in record time. Thanks to helicopter support, bottled oxygen, and a strong Sherpa team, she also came close to beating the existing record. In the end she failed after twelve summits due to the lack of Chinese permits for the ascents of Shishapangma and Cho Oyu.

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