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Osprey Athlete Nirmal Purja Summits Everest

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INTRODUCING

NIMS PURJA

We are proud to welcome a new Osprey Athlete, Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja MBE. With over 16 years in the British Military, including Special Forces roles, and more than 6 years of Mountain Guide and Expedition Leader experience, Nims now joins Osprey Europe’s athlete programme.

Nims is attempting to climb the 14 8,000+ high peaks in only 7 months. The current record, held by Jerzy Kukuczka is 7 years, 11 months and 14 days and highlights the immense challenge that Nims is undertaking. With over 16 years in the British military, more than 6 years in a Mountain Guide/ Expedition Leader role and with several mountain rescues under his belt, Nims has both the background and mindset to undertake such a challenge. This challenge hit its first major milestone on the 22nd May, at 5.40am when, equipped with both an Aether Pro 70 and a ThruDark summit suit, Nims stood atop the highest point on earth.

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INTRODUCING

NIMS PURJA

We are proud to welcome a new Osprey Athlete, Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja MBE. With over 16 years in the British Military, including Special Forces roles, and more than 6 years of Mountain Guide and Expedition Leader experience, Nims now joins Osprey Europe’s athlete programme.

Nims is attempting to climb the 14 8,000+ high peaks in only 7 months. The current record, held by Jerzy Kukuczka is 7 years, 11 months and 14 days and highlights the immense challenge that Nims is undertaking. With over 16 years in the British military, more than 6 years in a Mountain Guide/ Expedition Leader role and with several mountain rescues under his belt, Nims has both the background and mindset to undertake such a challenge. This challenge hit its first major milestone on the 22nd May, at 5.40am when, equipped with both an Aether Pro 70 and a ThruDark summit suit, Nims stood atop the highest point on earth.

EXPLORE NIMS' ATHLETE PAGE

Jay Morton, Director at ThruDark and Expedition Leader, followed Nims to also summit Everest 24 hours later. Jay, with over 10 years of SF British Military experience co-founded ThruDark to provide outdoor clothing for the most extreme and adverse environments around the world. Osprey join ThruDark in a strong, long-term brand partnership yielding exciting expedition alliances and future product collaboration projects.

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Photos by Tom Martienssen

Both ascents were supported by an expert team with decades of combined experience. Among the support team were legendary Sherpas, Mingma and Jabu, whose resident experience was invaluable during the entire expedition.

Quoting on the climb, Nims reflects

“Everything in life is possible armed only with a determined approach and positive mindset.”

This determination was also reflected in Jay’s ascent

“We originally planned to summit on the 16th but due to ill health I was unable to. We went from an 8 man team to a 4 man team. We all summited around the same time; it was an honour to be stood on the summit with the remaining 3 guys. They all individually earned it in their own way.”

Photos by Tom Martienssen

For Osprey this is the second time an Aether has been part of an Everest related record breaking attempt. In 2001 Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person to summit Everest, earning him and the Aether a spot on the cover of Time Magazine.

Aether Pro builds on this heritage and extends the technical capability of the Aether series. It can be stripped back to bare essentials for a streamlined and svelte companion or can retain the full featured componentry. With a superb comfort and fit, a lightweight design and technical fabric and build quality, this backpack is the Everest of carry systems.

We look forward to supporting and sharing Nims’ continued ascents as a key sponsor of Project Possible.

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Photos by Tom Martienssen

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