Kristin Harila set a world record

At 10:45 a.m. local time, Harila and his partner Lama (Tenjin Sherpa) reached the summit of K2 which is at an altitude of 8,611 meters, according to a press release.

Journey to K2 begins on July 25. The first summit in the record attempt was climbed on 26 April.

The record was 92 days, said Harila’s team.

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Ap) said this was impressive.

– All summer, I followed Kristin Harila’s journey towards the world record with passion. With a solid combination of discipline, skill and planning, he has scaled 14 of the world’s highest mountain peaks in less than six months and six days, Støre told NRK.

Proud and touched

They climbed the summit first in a record attempt on April 26, when they reached the 8,027-meter peak of Shishapangma.

After the recording business started, it turned out that Harila already had one recording in one year and five days from before. Nimsdai Purjas managed it in six months and six days, but the Guinness Book of Records has rejected the record.

Harila is from Vadsø in Finnmark.

– I’m proud and touched. But I also worry about him and will be happy when he comes back and comes home. I don’t think that those of us outside the climbing community can fully understand what he actually accomplished. I am very proud, said his father John Petter Harila in a press release.

Invaluable expertise

Both Harila and Lama thanked supporters around the world. Harila was very proud of the Old Sherpas.

– His invaluable expertise and deep connection with the mountains is absolutely necessary for them to successfully navigate the treacherous terrain and harsh weather conditions, according to a press release.

He originally started his recording efforts last April. His goal is that by September he will reach the top of all the mountains in the world that are over 8,000 meters above sea level. He still had two peaks left when he had to cancel the project because China had not allowed foreign climbers in during the pandemic.

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