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Athletes & Explorers

Aug 17, 2018

Erika Lemay Partners with The Outdoor Journal

"Every show is literally a life defying moment – and she makes it look easy" - Sky Dancer, Erika Lemay officially becomes a brand ambassador for The Outdoor Journal & Voyage

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The Outdoor Journal

This partnership will result in Erika working with The Outdoor Journal, its partners, contributors and ambassadors to create a truly unique strand of content. Focusing on the body, and how, with hard work and understanding, anything is possible within the many adventure sports that we cover around the world.

“the importance of applying this knowledge could be invaluable”

Speaking of the partnership, Sean Verity, Director of Content Strategy said: The experience and knowledge that Erika has, both with regards to understanding your body and its capabilities is fascinating. However, its also very interesting to think about how this expertise can lend itself to various disciplines. Climbing is an obvious example, and the importance of applying this knowledge could be invaluable, possibly the difference between life and death to amateur and professional athletes alike.

Outdoor Journal Editor-in-Chief and Founder, Apoorva Prasad said “having known Erika for some time, I’m always fascinated by how her hectic travel lifestyle translates into wellbeing, fitness, health and also outdoor adventure, which are all values that we promote. She is an incredible example of how someone can achieve great things while being true to themselves, and it is an honor to have her join us.”

Erika Lemay

Canada born Erika Lemay has become a beautifully disruptive icon in the world of live performance, using her body in ways that defy both gravity and human possibilities. Her journey has taken her from her first ballet class at the age of four, to worldwide success and accolades. Erika is recognised as a world-class artist, although her lifestyle is one of an Olympic athlete, with strenuous hours of daily training and performances across all five continents with no off-season.

Erika is living proof that work ethic and daily discipline, can give one the freedom to live an extraordinary life.

“Poetry doesn’t have to be expressed with words”

As the creator of Physical Poetry, Erika claims that: “Poetry doesn’t have to be expressed with words”. She is also a highly-coveted brand ambassador, public speaker and cause activist. She has performed extensively as a soloist guest star with Cirque du Soleil and is an Arts Ambassador with the non-profit Pensare Oltre. Vanity Fair even nominated Erika as the New Queen of Circus in an interview featuring exclusive pictures by legendary photographer and Hollywood icon-maker Douglas Kirkland, who’s latest book ‘Physical Poetry Alphabet’ is a tribute to Erika’s work.

ERIKA LEMAY

In 2012, in the midst of a brilliant career and with awards from some of the most important competitions in her field, Erika embarked on a new challenge: a complete One-Woman Show, designed to create a true connection with the audience, pushing her boundaries through this 75 minute acrobatic performance.

A previous example of Erika’s writing can be found here: How to Use Your Body: Learn from world renowned artist Erika Lemay

The Outdoor Journal & Voyage is a global adventure lifestyle media and travel startup that aims to inspire and enable audiences around the world.

For more on this exciting development and everything coming up at The Outdoor Journal & Outdoor Voyage, visit their websites: www.outdoorjournal.com
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Instagram: @theoutdoorjournal
Twitter: @Outdoor_Journal

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Website: www.erikalemay.com
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Athletes & Explorers

Oct 31, 2019

New World Record: Nirmal Purja Summits the 14 Highest Peaks in Just 6 Months

Nepali ex-soldier Nirmal Purja just smashed the record for summiting all the 8000ers in just half a year—the previous record? The same achievement took Kim Chang-ho, over seven years.

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Himraj Soin

Nirmal Purja is a Nepali mountaineer and a former British Marine. He joined the British Army in 2003, became a Royal Marine in 2009, and only started climbing as recently as 2012—when he decided to climb Everest. In 2018, Purja was awarded the MBE, a civilian honour, by Queen of the United Kingdom.

According to his Instagram post on October 29th, Purja or “Nims”, and his team reached the summit of Shisha Pangma at 8:58 AM local time. This was his 14th peak, and his team members were Mingma David Sherpa, Galjen Sherpa and Gesman Tamang.

Previously, South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho was the record holder, completing the summits in seven years, while Polish climber Jerzy Kukuczka completed them in a little under eight years.

Purja climbed Annapurna in Nepal on April 23rd, Dhaulagiri in Nepal on May 12th, Kanchenjunga in Nepal on May 15th, Everest in Nepal on May 22nd, Lhotse in Nepal on May 22nd, Makalu in Nepal on May 24th, Nanga Parbat in Pakistan on July 3rd, Gasherbrum 1 in Pakistan on July 15th, Gasherbrum 2 in Pakistan on July 18th, K2 in Pakistan on July 24th, Broad Peak in Pakistan on July 26th, Cho Oyu in China on September 23rd, Manaslu in Nepal on September 27th, and finally Shishapangma in China on October 29th.

 

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United we conquer ! Here is to The A-team 🙌🏼 . .(Climbing team ) @mingma_david_sherpa , @gesmantamang , @geljen_sherpa_ @zekson_srpa ,Halung Dorchi . . . The journey of 14/7 has tested us all the way though at many levels. Together we have been through so much, we climbed not only as a team but as brothers with one sole goal to make the impossible possible pushing the human limitations to next level. Now, the BROTHERHOOD that we share between us is even STRONGER ! . . #trust #brotherhood #team . . 14/14 ✅ #14peaks7months #History . . #nimsdai #BremontProjectPossible ‬ #dedication #resilience #extremehighaltitudemountaineering #uksf #extremeoftheextreme #nolimit #silxo #ospreyeurope #antmiddleton #digi2al #adconstructiongroup #omnirisc #summitoxygen #inmarsat #thrudark #gurkhas #sherpas #elitehimalayanadventures #alwaysalittlehigher

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Apparently, he could’ve made better time had it not been for a few hiccups along the way—from being help up for permissions to climb in Tibet, to stretching out his Lhotse, Everest, and Makalu climbs to take a break. During his descent from Annapurna, Purja and his team rescued Malaysian climber Wui Kin Chin, who was not doing well at 7500m. On their descent of Kanchenjunga, Purja and his team gave up their oxygen to three climbers who had run out of their supply. While climbing Everest, he had to wait in line for hours, and ended up taking the viral photograph of the “traffic jam” on Everest.

Today, Nims gave a shout out to his teammates on Instagram, “United we conquer! Here is to The A-team! The journey of 14/7 has tested us all the way though at many levels. Together we have been through so much, we climbed not only as a team but as brothers with one sole goal to make the impossible possible pushing the human limitations to the next level. Now, the BROTHERHOOD that we share between us is even STRONGER!”

Apart from climbing all 14 of the world’s 8000m peaks in under 7 months, and partly due to this enormous feat, he also holds a few other records—most 8000m mountains in the spring season (climbing six), most 8000m mountains in the summer season (climbing five), fastest summit of the three highest mountains in the world—Everest, K2, and Kanchenjunga, fastest summit of the five highest mountains in the world—Everest, K2, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu, fastest lower 8000ers, Gasherbrum 1, 2, and Broad Peak, and fastest higher 8000ers, consecutive summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu in 48 hours (beats his own previous record of five days).

The backbone of the climbing industry in Nepal, sherpas are often overlooked and don’t get nearly as much international recognition as their comrades from the west. In Purja’s case, as his website mentions, the reason you may not have heard of him before is that he spent the last 16 years serving in the UK military. For more information on Purja, head over to projectimpossible.co.uk.

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