Kristin Harila Done With Mountaineering

After climbing all the 14×8,000’ers in three months and one day, Kristin Harila has no further climbing plans at all. She told Norway’s media that she is done with high-altitude mountaineering.

“Actually, I’m likely done with climbing,” Harila, 37, told the Kronstadposten. “I feel that I have done my part, and I no longer have the motivation needed for such trips.”

Yet she is far from done with speaking about her past climbs. Harila’s calendar is full of lectures and motivational speaking gigs. She is also writing a book about her experiences in the Himalaya. In Norway, she has become a national celebrity, on the same level as the great polar explorer Borge Ousland.

In addition, Harila had all her record-setting climbs this year filmed. Her goal, seemingly like many climbers, athletes, and adventurers these days, is to sell a documentary to one of the big TV platforms. Everyone, it seems, is hungry to hit the media jackpot, as Nirmal Purja did with Netflix.

She also recently mentioned that she wants to focus on her personal life and to start a family. Below, an Instagram post featuring Harila and her boyfriend.

In addition to her own film, Harila may also appear in other documentaries, including an upcoming Austrian one about the events surrounding her last climb on K2. On that occasion, Pakistani porter Muhammad Hassan died while dozens of climbers stepped over him on their way to the summit.

As for Harila’s guide Tenjen Sherpa Lama, he is back guiding clients on the 8,000’ers. Last week, he summited Manaslu, leading a Seven Summit Treks group.

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of local and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporations, press manager and communication executive, and a published author.