14 peaks: nothing is impossible | A documentary about climbing the tops of dreams and living away from the pits
As you think about the new year, think about getting over your fears and shaking hands with your obsessions. Think of dreams between you and them of anxiety and terror, and of laughter, victories, and pleasures that you did not succeed in dismantling from the ribs of this existence because you are afraid of loss and of death, or of losses.
Think about what you didn’t do and what you would do if you succeeded in removing the dress of fear, and watch this documentary 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible, which is not without fear, but without being drawn to it and living in its robes.
The possible project that everyone agreed was impossible
Kudos to dreamers in general and to Nirmal Purja, the young Nepalese climber whose dream of climbing the 14 highest mountain peaks in just six months was captured in this documentary. It is a record number described by mountaineers as a crazy number that no one can achieve.
This idea was engaged in the framework of a project called Project Possible by its owner, which was originally a clear challenge to skeptics and investors who did not believe in its success and included, along with Nirmal, a group of Nepalese who used to climb mountains and who each had a passion in this life. Between a dancer, funny, strong, and drunk, the story began on the twenty-fourth of April 2019 and continued for seven months, and the slogan that this climber kept raising in the face of skepticism was: “I believe and therefore I will succeed!”
This project was based on three stations, the first of which were the mountains of Nepal in April and May, then the peaks of Pakistan in June and July, and finally between Nepal and China in September and October, and the only common thing between all these stations was their high altitude that exceeded 8000 meters.
Netflix premiered this documentary, which depicted a sports adventure we thought was as far away as those peaks, on the 29th of November this year. The show lasted 101 minutes, after which it won positive reviews that brought it to 8 stars out of ten on the IMDB platform.
A project that aims primarily to break the recognition of the Nepalese!
What purpose would a person risk his life among the snow-white peaks surrounded by the blackness of danger and fall? Here is the answer:
If you are not one of those “golden” European boys, your victories will be dwarfed and you will find nothing but forgetfulness, sarcasm, and irony if you err, as the hero has always been white, with green eyes as if heroism was closely related to these genetic characteristics.
Nirmal repeats words similar to what was said throughout the film as well as the idea of victory for Nepal, this poor country, and for the Nepalese climbers who have been defeated by oblivion and overwhelmed by the white image of Europeans.
Among those heroes who have been condemned to oblivion, we find the Nepalese climber Tensing Norgay, who was the first to reach the summit of Everest, accompanied by the New Zealander, Edmond Hillary.
The latter could not reach the top of the mountain despite his many attempts without the help of this great Nepalese. All of these expressions reflect the pain stemming from the lack of recognition for people who lived and are still living under the weight of international marginalization and economic exploitation.
Perhaps this goal was the main goal no less important than the goal of achieving the dream of climbing the highest peaks in an extreme record time.
The road to a dream is fraught with difficulties
The denunciation of the weak dreamer and of those coming from the third world countries, as some like to call it, did not appear only in Nimes’ attempt to seize the recognition of Nepal and the Nepalese, but rather went beyond that to fence the path of this young climber with many difficulties, including not supporting the idea financially or even morally and not accepting to cover the expenses of this project, which made him He mortgages his home and puts his career and marital life on the line.
But the financial aspect was not the only obstacle, as Nirmal’s older brother was against the decision to leave him to work in the army. Like many of us and members of our families, he saw that going after dreams that might turn into illusions is a form of risk and stupidity, especially since this hero was the one who supported his mother, who was about to die, just as the youngest sons in Nepalese families do.
After the financial hardships, family problems, and bureaucratic obstacles that he faced in China, the opinions of climbing experts made matters worse, as they unanimously agreed that for every three trying to climb these peaks, a climber dies and that the task is unreasonable, especially in a period estimated at six months.
This documentary carries us between the Himalayas and their peaks, then formulates lessons for us, and dances with us at parties that make us forget the disappointments. He defends dreams and ambitions with Nimes’ gentle and strong spirit, his inspiring words, and the plans he improvises. He shouts the need to cooperate, motivates and calls for team spirit, and then drinks a toast to survive the snowfall and lack of oxygen.
He refuses to leave his owner, who almost died and faces death closely, without thinking of continuing this dream without him, and after all this he returns to his homeland and the arms of his mother, bearing in his heart the steadfastness of the mountains and the serenity of the heavens.
14 peaks nothing is impossible | A documentary about climbing the tops of dreams and living away from the pits