Have you ever heard of Kilian Jornet? I hadn’t either until I read about him dominating Mount Everest in record time. Jornet is a Spanish marathon runner who is, well, pretty much a freak of nature. I mean that in the best of ways.
On May 27, he left basecamp on the Chinese side of the mountain. He left at 2 a.m. and got to the peak at 9 p.m. That’s just 17 hours. All of this information is on his Summits of My Life Blog, which is a fascinating read in and of itself.
He also holds speed records for climbing Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Denali, Acongua, and Kilimanjaro. #ShoulderShrug.
Let’s put this into scale.
It takes advanced climbers 4 or more days to accomplish what Jornet did in 17 hours. It takes others weeks to do it. Less than 200 people have ever done it without the help of extra oxygen. Oh, and did I mention that this was his second time reaching the summit in 1 week? No biggie!
Earlier in the week, he accomplished the feat in 26 hours. Needless to say, he decided to go back for round 2, like any elite athlete, reviewing his mistakes (if you can even call them that) and making improvements for round 2. Not only did he beat his own record, but once again, realized his goal without fixed ropes or oxygen tanks.
Aaaaaaaand still clapping.
Check out this video of his journey.
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