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Norwegian climber Kristin Harila has made headlines once again, cementing her position as a record holder and an inspiration to aspiring mountaineers worldwide. In her relentless pursuit of conquering the world’s highest peaks,
Kristin has achieved a remarkable feat by scaling both Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse within a mere eight hours. This accomplishment marks her sixth successful ascent of mountains exceeding 8,000 meters in a mission to conquer all 14 peaks in under six months.
According to Seven Summits Treks, a local expedition manging agency, accompanied by Tenjen Sherpa (Lama) and Kristin Harila reached the summit of Mt Everest at approximately 3:15 am. Soon after descending, she embarked on the challenging climb to the peak of Mt Lhotse, conquering it at 11:15 am. This breathtaking achievement surpasses her own 2022 speed record of ascending Everest and Lhotse in 8.5 hours. It is worth noting that she had already climbed Kanchenjunga on May 18 as part of her ongoing project.
Kristin’s journey began on April 26 when she successfully scaled Mt Shishapangma, followed by the conquest of Mt Cho Oyu in Tibet. On May 15, she added another triumph to her name by reaching the summit of Mt Makalu. Known for her multiple fastest climbing records, Kristin has already become the first woman to achieve the fastest ascent of all 14 peaks above 8,000 meters in just one year and five days, as confirmed by Seven Summit Treks.
Her latest accomplishments on Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse are a significant step towards her goal of breaking the world record for scaling all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks in less than six months. In the current season alone, she has already conquered Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Kangchenjunga, and the magnificent duo of Everest-Lhotse.
Kristin Harila has firmly established herself as a Norwegian mountaineer on a mission to set a new world record, following in the footsteps of the legendary Nirmal Purja. Her relentless determination to conquer the 14 highest peaks above 8,000 meters in under six months has captivated the mountaineering community.
In 2022, she came tantalizingly close to achieving this incredible feat, having scaled 12 out of the 14 peaks in Nepal and Pakistan in record time. However, permit issues for Shishapangma and Cho Oyu from the Chinese side prevented her from completing her mission within the specified time frame.
Undeterred by the setback, Kristin Harila has returned to the mountains in 2023 with her new project, aptly named “She Moves Mountains.” Under this ambitious initiative, she strives to become the fastest person and the first woman in history to conquer the 14 highest peaks within a single season, all in under six months.
Sharing her thoughts on “She Moves Mountains,” Kristin expressed her determination to overcome challenges and make a difference in bridging the gender gap prevalent in the world, especially within the realm of mountaineering. She recognizes the significance of her project beyond personal achievements and sees it as a catalyst for change.
On May 3, 2023, Kristin Harila secured her place in history as the fastest woman to summit all 14 peaks above 8,000 meters. With the successful ascents of Shishapangma and Cho Oyu, she accomplished this remarkable feat in just one year and five days, surpassing the previous record held by Chinese climber Dong Hong Juan.
Kristin Harila’s project update for 2023 highlights her unwavering determination. As of May 21, she has completed the following ascents:
Her relentless pursuit of breaking barriers and shattering records became apparent when she set out to challenge Nims Purja’s world record of completing the ascent of 14 peaks in just six months and seven days, surpassing the previous record of seven years. Kristin’s unwavering determination was driven not only by personal ambitions but also by her desire to inspire change and challenge gender disparities within the sport of mountaineering.
With her ongoing achievements, Kristin Harila has become an icon in the mountaineering community, inspiring countless individuals to dream big and pursue their passions fearlessly. Her extraordinary feats serve as a reminder that determination, resilience, and a relentless pursuit of one’s goals can lead to remarkable accomplishments.
As Kristin continues her journey to conquer the remaining peaks and complete her monumental project, the world watches in awe and admiration. She is not only rewriting the record books but also making a profound impact by breaking barriers and paving the way for future generations of mountaineers.
All photos from Kristin Harila’s Facebook profile.
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