14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible is a documentary on Netflix about the incredible journey of Nirmal Purja (aka Nims) attempting to summit the 14 tallest mountains in the world - all over 8000 meters - in just 7 months time.
The Netflix documentary was a beautiful, heartwarming, and intimidating film. Its the perfect watch for any adventurous soul or any individual who dreams to the things others deem impossible. Here are 14 takeaway's and things I learned from 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible.
1/ There are 14 mountains that reach over 8000 meters in the world: Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Nanga Parbat, Mt. Gasherbrum I, Mt. Gasherbrum II, Mt. K2, Mt. Broad Peak, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Shishapangma.
2/ This quest to summit the 14 Peaks was first accomplished by Reinhold Messner in 1986... It took him 16 years to complete and he did so without the aid of oxygen. Since then many have attempted to do the same and the latest record of completion was within the span of seven years.
3/ Its a huge endeavor for any one person to summit just one 8k peak in their lifetime and it typically takes 2 months to accomplish.
4/ Nirmal Purja was told that it would be impossible to summit the 14 peaks in just 7 months - so he named his journey "Project Possible"
5/ “The mountain doesn’t say you are black, you are white, you are weak, you are strong. It’s one rule for everybody. If you give up, you die.” - Nirmal Purja
6/ The biggest danger of oxygen is our dependence upon it. When you reach a point where there is little oxygen your body seeks it and cant find it - you stop breathing.
7/ HACE is High-altitude cerebral edema, a medical condition in which the brain swells with fluid because of the physiological effects of traveling to a high altitude. It generally appears in patients who have acute mountain sickness and involves disorientation, lethargy, and nausea among other symptoms. Nims experiences this on one of his trips.
8/ “People today, if you ask them “Why you go to the high peaks?”, they say, “Because it’s fun”. I don’t believe them. It’s not fun. It’s a place where you have to learn to cope with pain because it’s painful.” - Reinhold Messner
9/ "In the death zone, I come alive.” Nirmal Purja
10/ 8000 Meters above sea level is known as "the death zone" and refers to altitudes where the pressure of oxygen is insufficient to sustain human life for an extended time span. Your body literally starts breaking down above this level.
11/ “Giving up is not in the blood, sir.” - Nims when we helped rescue a fellow climber in trouble.
12/ “I am not gonna die today. Maybe tomorrow, but not today.” Nirmal showcased incredible mindset on his journey.
13/ “In life, you have to keep doing what you believe. You have to ask yourself, do you really want this from your heart? Is it for the self glory? Or is it something bigger? Sometimes the idea you come up with may seem impossible to the rest of the world, but that does not mean its impossible to you. And if you can inspire one or two people in a good way - then you can inspire the world." Nirmal Purja
14/ SPOILER ALERT: Nirmal Purja completed all 14 Peaks in 6 months and 6 days breaking 6 world records on his journey.