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  1. I think you should be able to imagine things in a different way. And, you have to dedicate both your physical and mental abilities to that ambition to accomplish it.
  2. The hardest climb for me was Kangchenjunga, at 28,169 feet the world’s third-highest mountain. The first thing that made this summit difficult was the speed that I climbed and summited two 8,000-er’s, back-to-back.
  3. When people are in stressful situations, they do shout.
  4. I was head of the Cold Weather Warfare unit within the Special Boat Service. My job was to do extreme climbs, learn about new technology, and create new ideas on how to operate in those conditions.
  5. I disagree with it, but people come to Everest carrying a huge financial burden. Not only that, but they have spent more than two months and a lot of effort to be ready. That’s why everybody rushes for the top.
  6. We’ve climbed in 60- to 75-kilometer-an-hour wind conditions without ropes, and yes we put in fixed lines when we can because of the safety. But it’s all calculated risk and you have to be so flexible in doing this project, and that’s why we’ve been so successful. We always climb with what we have.
  7. Funding has been the hardest part, and my wife has been extremely supportive both when I decided to leave my job, and even when I re-mortgaged our home and put equity into the project. I am lucky to have such a loving and supportive partner.
  8. Sherpa were always involved with the setting of the lines, but they never got the platform to tell any story, I think. And so these people have always remained in the shadow. But now obviously with the internet, the whole platform and everything, people can hold a light these days.
  9. Because of what I did and where I came from, people just assumed I’d climbed every mountain in my country.
  10. I was born in Nepal, I grew up in the Gurkhas, and I became a man in the SBS.
  11. We all have fear in life. I don’t let that fear control me. I control it, manage it, use it as a positive.
  12. When I joined the special forces it was never for the money. It was for pure desire to serve in an elite unit.
  13. The 14–8,000-meter-peaks-in-six-months project was something nobody could imagine was ever possible. It’s tough just to climb one 8,000-meter peak, let alone 14 in such a short period of time.
  14. As a Nepali, I hope my climbs put a spotlight on the talented climbers here.
  15. Extreme high-altitude mountaineering deserves its place among the world’s most extreme sports.
  16. It’s part of my Special Forces training. You’re taught to come up with a solutions, not look for excuses.
  17. I convinced my wife to let me climb Everest. I emptied my savings and took out a loan so I could afford to make the trip. I wanted to do it solo and I pushed myself too hard. I was carrying too much gear and got altitude sickness. I meditated to the point where I was feeling better, but didn’t make it up, because I got involved with a rescue.
  18. I summited four mountains — Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum I — in one push. I didn’t camp anywhere. Just went boom, summit, brother.
  19. I have my company, Elite Himalayan Adventures, which provides a platform for those who seek to push their limits on extreme adventures, whether that be Everest and Lhotse in Nepal, or K2 and Broad Peak in Pakistan.
  20. K-2 in winter is something people had thought about for a long time, but had never accomplished. For me, more satisfaction came from winter K2 because it was done in a different manner and style, a message of team unification rather than just me climbing for myself.

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