Ben Oliver

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14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible

I always say I’m not gonna die today. Maybe tomorrow, but not today.
21 December 2021

Follows Nirmal Purja, a Nepalese-British climber, on his quest to summit all 14 peaks over 8000m in under 7 months—beating the previous record of 7 years.

A remarkable achievement, completed in the face of people telling him it couldn’t be done, even at the base camp for some of the peaks. What’s more, Purja manages to save lives and set up ropes for others to ascend the mountains along the way.

This film feels like a document of a superhuman feat, then it repeats itself 13 more times. It’s impressive if a little repetitive, and skimps a little too much on detail. Perhaps in a TV show format we’d see a little more actual climbing - or perhaps I’m just a nerds who wants to see the ins and outs of how it’s done over life-affirming aphorisms.