Nirmal Purja, the first man in history to have climbed the K2 in the winter months, will be a cortina d’Ampezzo to talk about his extraordinary feat which, in January, together with a team of nine other Nepalese companions, took him to the top.
The event is scheduled in Cortina on 27 August at 6.15 pm in Piazza Angelo Dibona, e represents the first public release of Nirmal Purja after reaching the second highest peak in the world. During the talk, the great Nepalese climber, in addition to telling unpublished details of his feat, will retrace the salient moments of his career, which began in 2012 and which saw him climb all fourteen 8000m mountains in the record time of 189 days, in the ‘scope of the “Project Possible 14 × 7”.
The choice to carry out this special event in Cortina is not accidental: the well-known locality of the Belluno Alps was the birthplace in 1925 in Lino Lacedelli, one of the greatest mountaineers ever, who together with Achille Compagnoni was the first man to conquer K2 in 1954.
The event on 27 August is sponsored by the Municipality of Cortina d’Ampezzo and bears the organizational signature of SCARPA, a leading Italian company in the production of mountain footwear and outdoor activities, which accompanied him to the roof of the world: the climber for reaching the top of K2 in fact used the Phantom 8000 HD, an extremely technical boot completely made in Italy and designed specifically for high altitude, one of the flagship products of the Asolo brand.
Great mountaineering expeditions are part of our history – underlines Sandro Parisotto, president of Scarpa – and K2, with its 8609 meters, represents one of the most legendary peaks. Passion, love for the mountains and teamwork are the values that our company has always pursued, sharing them with the most important climbers. Having contributed to the epic feat of Nirmal Purja and his team is a source of immense satisfaction for us and we are equally happy that this extraordinary athlete can now bear his testimony in Cortina ».