Sunday, May 28, 2017

Kilian Jornet Summits Mount Everest Twice in a Week

Kilian Jornet summited Mount Everest twice in a week without using supplemental oxygen, sherpa support, or fixed ropes. For this second ascent, Kilian Jornet left on May 27th from Advanced Base Camp (6.500m) and it took him 17 hours to the summit in a very windy day. From there, he returned to the Advanced Base Camp where he is resting with Seb Montaz. This was just five days after he set a fastest known time up the mountain from base camp, completing the journey in 26 hours. Even still, he just barely missed setting the fastest known time from advanced base camp to the summit, a record held by Hans Kammelder, who did the route in 16 hours and 45 minutes in 1996.
Jornet said it was “cool to summit Everest twice in one season” without using oxygen.
"Today I felt good, although it was really windy so it was hard to move fast", he said. "I think summiting Everest twice in one week without oxygen opens up a new realm of possibilities in alpinism and I’m really happy to have done it".According to his blog, Jornet left advanced based camp at 6,500 metres and ascended using the normal route, passing the three high-altitude camps used by climbers attempting to scale Everest.
"The climb to the summit was slow but continuous (...) The wind was the main obstacle Jornet had to overcome, on an extremely windy Himalayan day. Weather conditions improved throughout the night in the latter part of the route and he returned to advanced base camp 29 hours 30 minutes after leaving".
Jornet, who describes himself as a “semi-nomadic” mountain lover, said he saw competing as a way to meet friends and better himself.But, above all, I conceive sport as a way to discover landscapes both inside and outside you", he said on his website. "I love silence and solitude, but communication, listening, reading, writing and travelling also appeal to me … My life is spent pursuing and fighting for my dreams".

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