From the summit of K2 to Cortina: the legendary mountaineer Nirmal Purja.
Nirmal Purja, the first man in history to have climbed K2 in the winter months, will be in Cortina d’Ampezzo to describe the remarkable feat achieved in January, in which he played a major part along with a team of nine other Nepalese colleagues. The great mountaineer will be brought to the Queen of the Dolomites by SCARPA, the Italian company with a leadership position for the manufacture of footwear for mountaineering and outdoor activities, and that accompanied him to the top of the world: in fact, to reach the summit of K2, the climber used Phantom 8000 HD, an extremely technical boot, entirely made in Italy, designed specially for high altitude.
The event, scheduled to take place in Cortina on 27 August at 6.15 pm in Piazza Angelo Dibona, marks Nirmal Purja’s first public appearance after having conquered the second highest summit in the world. During his talk, the great Nepalese athlete, in addition to describing hitherto unheard details of his ascent, will recall the most important moments of his career, which began in 2012 and led him to climb all fourteen 8,000-metre mountains in the record time of 189 days, as part of “Project Possible 14x7”.
The decision to stage this special event in Cortina was no coincidence: in fact, the famous Veneto town was the location where the Ampezzo climber Lino Lacedelli – one of the greatest climbers of all time, the first man, with Achille Compagnoni – to conquer K2 in 1954 – was born in 1925.
“Great mountaineering expeditions are part of our history”, underlined SCARPA’s President Sandro Parisotto, “and K2, with its 8,609 metres, represents one of the most legendary peaks. Passion, a love for the mountains and teamwork are the values that our company has always promoted, and that are shared by the most important climbers. Having contributed to the epic feat attained by Nirmal Purja and his team is a source of immense satisfaction for SCARPA, and we are equally happy that this remarkable athlete can now bring his narration of the story to Cortina”.