Nirmal Purja is a British mountaineer and former Gurkha and British army personnel who was born in Nepal.He was brought up in Chitwan, Kathmandu, Nepal.In an interview, while talking about his journey, he said, As a kid in Nepal, I went barefoot because my family had nothing. Thats how I developed the resilience I needed for joining the Gurkhas, one of the most fearless forces in the British Army. Then against all odds, I became the first-ever Gurkha soldier in more than 200 years of history to join the Special Boat Service where I served in some of the worlds most dangerous warzones, kicking down doors to capture enemy gunmen and terrorist bomb makers. He added, But elite combat wasnt enough. I wanted more of a test. Thats where my next project came in, something nobody thought was possible to climb all fourteen death zone mountains in seven months. The previous standard for conquering the worlds most dangerous peaks was seven years, ten months and six days. I smashed through that achievement in six months, breaking several world records in the process. Id have been even quicker had I not been called in to lead four perilous, high-altitude rescue missions. I knew that to quit on the mountain was to die. Even though Id only started my climbing a few years earlier, as a hobby, I found I was able to adapt quickly to the deadly conditions. I was rarely phased by the lung-burning temperatures or brutal winds and fatigue seemed to pass me by. Fear became irrelevant because I had belief. In the death zone, I came alive..
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