In sneakers and trousers pulled on the knees at an altitude of 4,554 meters, with the Capanna Margherita in the background, on Punta Gnifetti (Vercelli). The photograph, posted on social media, portrays a man who allows himself to be immortalized in front of the highest refuge in Europe, at the top of Monte Rosa: it is Nirmal Purja, a Nepalese mountaineer who in less than six months has climbed all 14 mountains that touch and they exceed 8000 meters of altitude. But many users do not recognize it, and on Facebook there are comments of disdain towards “a naive Sunday tourist, who has to stay at home”.
Dozens of posts of users who lash out at the look of the “snack boy, who came this far to have an aperitif”, as Purja is pointed out, not knowing instead that he is the king of the 8000ers, an expert mountaineer simply photographed with more comfortable clothes after reaching the top of Monte Rosa, between Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta. Someone has taken steps to remember the risks of walking the path towards Capanna Margherita without adequate equipment, while others have recognized the mountaineer. While on Facebook the managers of the Monterosa Refuges had clearly highlighted that it was Purja, describing it as “a myth” complete with a link to his official Instagram profile.