This week in the mountaineer diaries, we bring to you the story of the Norwegian climber, who has set a goal to surpass 14 highest peaks of the world. With this goal in mind Kristin Harila, a Norwegian climber is all set to summit K2 and Nanga Parbat.
Harila, has set her mind to climb K2 and Nanga Parbat, scaling five 8,000 meter peaks in Pakistan. This journey will take up to 2 months in the country.
Gradually, the mountaineer is nearing her goal to summit 14 highest peaks in the world in six months. Out of 14 mountain peaks, Harila has climbed six mountain peaks including Mount Everest.
The mountaineer wish to break the record of Nirmal Purja, a Nepali adventurer who surpassed 14 mountain peaks in six months and six days. Nirmal Purja has a remarkable mountaineer record. His 14 peaks success was turned into a documentary and was aired on Netflix. Harila, at 36, aims at setting a new world record thus changing the perception of the world regarding women athletes.
The Norwegian climber said “In history and until now, it has been the strong macho men going out climbing mountains.” She further added “When I talk to people that are not in this sport, they believe that men are more capable than women… If we are going to change, we need to get attention and show that women are just as capable.”
Harila is bent on making a difference in the society. She wants to show it to the world that women athletes and climbers are as talented and capable as their male counterpart. Due to limited number of women climbers, male climbers are awarded the sponsorships and the required limelight for their expedition.
Despite Kristin’s success and extraordinary success in mountaineering, she has been unable to get any major sponsor to back her quest. She is known to be the fastest women climber to climb between the Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse in Nepal that too in 12 hours. This year, Harila broker her own record by climbing between the Everest and Mount Lhotse in 8 hours Wow! A commendable success though.
This Norwegian climber, despite the lack of sponsorship, is adamant to fulfil her dreams and goals at all costs. No matter how high the mountain is or how inattentive is the world toward women athletes, Harila is not going to stop at anything and that’s what matters the most.