The Joe Rogan Experience – Episode 1790
Nims Purja is the multi world record breaking mountaineer who climbed all 14 of the world’s “Death Zone” peaks over 8000m in just 6 months and 6 days. He was part of the first winter ascent of the “Savage Mountain” K2. His film, “14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible,” is out now on Netflix, as is his best-selling book, “Beyond Possible.” Nims is a UNEP Mountain Advocate and founder of the Nimsdai Foundation.
“What I believe in is making things happen.”
This guy may as well be Superman. This podcast episode is back-to-back-to-back stories of just incredible feats of physical and mental toughness. It of course includes how he developed that toughness for himself starting at a young age.
Nims Purja started out with a strong desire at a young age to be a member of the legendary Gurkhas. From there, he was determined to become the first Gurkha in the SBS (Special Boat Service). In other words, the British equivalent of Seal Team 6.
You might listen to this guy and think his exploits are all cap. Well – he has them on video and the receipts!
If you love adventure stories, you’ll love this episode.
9:56 How he got the self-discipline to do all this crazy shit.
19:00 Why did he decide to climb the 14 peaks? Story from fundraising to climbing Annapurna.
40:00 Kanchenjunga trip: saving climbers, no sleep, going 11 hours without oxygen. Seeing Yeti.
47:10 Would you watch a Netflix series featuring each of the 14 climbs?
53:00 The feedback from the movie. Where does real motivation come from? “When you think you are fully fucked, you are only 45% fucked.”
1:06:30 Someone stole his oxygen.
1:08:50 Why people want to climb Everest.
1:13:00 Big Mountain clean up. SO MUCH TRASH ON THE MOUNTAINS! OMG.
1:15:30 Seeing dead bodies on the climb up.
1:24:00 How does he get inspiration for his goals. Summiting K2 while singing the national anthem of Nepal.
1:28:00 Rogan declines Nims’ generous offer to go mountaineering with him.
1:40:00 Why he first started climbing.
1:51:00 What Rogan personally gets out of doing his podcast.
1:56:20 Nims got shot by a sniper.
2:02:00 Why haters do what they do. And fuck ’em.
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