Osprey Announces Sponsorship of Mountaineering Legend Nimsdai Purja in his Bid for a K2 Winter 2020/21 Ascent
January 7, 2021
Cortez, CO – January 7, 2021 – Osprey, the leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative carry solutions, is proud to announce its sponsorship of record-breaking mountaineer Nimsdai Purja MBE as he attempts to climb K2, one of the last remaining grand prizes in mountaineering.
Even in the most favorable summer climbing conditions, K2 has earned the reputation as the “Savage Mountain” with winter bringing a whole different level of danger and challenge. The impressive 8,611m K2 still remains the only 8000m peak unclimbed during the winter season. Nimsdai and his team believe they have strength, leadership, commitment, integrity and positivity to achieve this monumental mountaineering challenge.
“I’m thrilled and grateful to once again be partnering with Osprey for my upcoming K2 Winter project,” said Nimsdai. “The whole team at Osprey has been incredibly supportive throughout my climbing journey so far. I’ll be representing them with pride on my next big mountaineering expedition – making the Impossible Possible together.”
Nimsdai has been an Osprey sponsored athlete since 2019 including the brand’s support of “Project Possible”, his summit of the world’s 14 highest mountains in 6 months and 6 days, shattering the fastest-known time of eight years.
For his K2 Winter ascent, Nimsdai will be carrying Osprey’s latest innovation, the Talon Pro. This lightweight, technical pack features Nanofly® fabric which integrates ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) ripstop and 100D nylon, creating an incredibly light fabric with remarkable abrasion resistance. Talon Pro’s all new injection-molded, die-cut foam AirScape backpanel is engineered with horizontal channels to allow flex in the vertical plane while staying flat horizontally. The backpanel paired with Osprey’s BioStretch harness and continuous wrap hipbelt work together to deliver a lightweight, ventilated and close-to body fit that’s ideal for dynamic body movement during demanding activities over the most technical terrain. In addition, to the Talon Pro, Nimsdai will haul his gear from the U.K. to Pakistan in Osprey’s Transporter series, expedition style duffel packs featuring highly durable, water-resistant materials.
“Last year we saw climbing history by Nimsdai,” said Jonathan Petty, Managing Director, Osprey Europe. “We are proud once more to support this mountaineer on his toughest challenge yet: K2 Winter. This climb is one of the greatest mountaineering challenges but one that Nimsdai with his sheer determination, mental and physical strength can accomplish.”
Founded in 1974 and based in Cortez, Colorado, in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains, Osprey designs the highest performing and longest lasting carry solutions on the market including technical packs for outdoor, travel and everyday adventures.
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