Friday, July 12, 2013
Kilian Jornet Beats Mont-Blanc Summit Speed Record
Spanish extreme trail runner Kilian Jornet completed the ascent and descent of the 4,810 metre peak in 4 hours 57 minutes and 40 seconds. Jornet destroys the previous speed record, set 23 years ago, by Swiss Pierre-André Gobet on 21 July 1990, taking 14 minutes off Gobet's long standing record!
Jornet, 25 ran up and down the dangerous mountain dressed only in a t-shirt, shorts and trainers starting off from the town of Chamonix at 4.46am.
"The snow conditions were good, so we were able to descend easily, by sliding down on our bottoms or running", the extreme athlete said on his return.
Jornet is not going to stop at Mont Blanc, however, and plans to set records for climbing eight other mountains, including Mount Elbrus (5,642 metres) in Russia, and the Matterhorn (4,478 metres) in the Alps.
He also has his eye on the biggest mountain of them all, Mount Everest, where the current record stands at 20 hours and 24 minutes.