Before Nims Purja (2019) was Reinhold Messner (1978- 86).
Before Messner was Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay (1953).
All four were exceptional mountaineers. Each came along about 30 to 40 years apart. Due to a freak of nature.
Born with physiologies that are absent from mere mortals, their God-given gift enables each of them to reach the summits of Mount Everest and the above 8,000 m high mountains, and in the process set world records.
Hillary and Norgay were the first men to set foot on the summit of Mount Everest on 29 May 1953.
Messner was the first man to climb Mount Everest solo (and without oxygen) in 1980. He took 16 years to climb all fourteen 8,000m and above mountains.
Above 8000m are called the Death Zones as the brain and body wither due to lack of oxygen.
Nims climbed all 14 in six months and 6 days! The previous record was held by a Korean -in 7 years and 10 months and a Pole in 7 years and 11 months.
Beyond Possible is a vivid narrative of Nim’s achievements. He tells why he can do it. He explains the technical terms well. Highly recommended.
The other books here were bought by me over a span of 25 years from Kathmandu, Pokhara, Penang, and KL.
All are recommended for the well-read man and women.