Beyond Possible

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Nims Purja


The Book in 3 Sentences

Nims Purja is the strongest mountain climber to ever live. During a six-month period in 2019, he climbed the 14 highest peaks in the world, demolishing the previous record of seven years. This is a superhuman feat, and his book captures what makes him so badass.


This book isn’t particularly well-written, nor is it filled with anything other than stories of hardcore climbing. It’s a book about Nims, and a damn good one at that. He is absolutely incredible, and this book shows what makes him achieve feats that no one else can.

How the Book Changed Me

Nims inspires me. I want to be strong like him and match his mental fortitude. He has no fear, a while I don’t want to be reckless, there is much for him to teach me.

Top 3 Highlights

I then swam as many kilometres as my body could handle. I blazed through freestyle length after freestyle length in the pool, before blowing out after 2,500 metres. I rarely made it to bed before midnight, where I’d collapse, exhausted, sometimes getting up again at 2 a.m. to perform a seventy-five-pound load carry from Maidstone barracks to Chatham.*

This was an ethos I’d long applied to life: if I ever got up in the morning and told myself that I was going to do three hundred push-ups that day, I made sure to do them, wholeheartedly, because to skip the effort would be to break a commitment, and breaking commitments led to failure.

Brother, you’re not going to get to your dream by just fantasising about it.


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