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Man smashes record for scaling world's highest mountains

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Published on October 29, 2019 - Duration: 00:52s

Man smashes record for scaling world's highest mountains

A Nepalese mountain climber and former British soldier has smashed the world record for climbing the world's highest 14 mountains in just over six months, beating the previous best of nearly eight years.

Lauren Anthony reports.

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Man smashes record for scaling world's highest mountains

A Nepalese climber and former British soldier has battled against the elements to smash the world record for climbing the world's highest 14 mountains.

In a bold quest over just six months - or 189 days - Nirmal Purjal, or "Nims," to his friends, beat the previous best of nearly eight years.

He scaled the last of the mountains - all of which have peaks higher than 26,000 feet above sea level - on Tuesday (October 29), when he reached the peak of the 14th highest - Shishapangma in China.

Purjal, who served in the elite Royal Marine regiment, started his record attempt in Nepal, taking on Annapurna mountain, the 10th highest in the world.

He joins a list of 40 climbers who have climbed the 14 highest peaks, and beats the previous world record - completed back in 2013 by South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho.

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