Is it possible to climb an 8,000-metre summit in a fortnight? What type of acclimatization is necessary and how does it affect the body? These were the questions that athletes Emilie Forsberg and Kilian Jornet asked themselves. In search of the answer, in May 2017 they travelled to the Himalayas to attempt the ascent of Cho Oyu (8,220 meters) using a new acclimatization method that could revolutionize climbing.
Now, Jornet and Forsberg are proud to release their film Testing Ourselves about the process of acclimatization that the pair adopted for their expedition to the Himalayas. The 17-minute documentary is both a scientific and a human film. Jornet and Forsberg’s relationship forms a key part of the narrative as, for the first time, the couple talk about what it means to make an expedition together, what the risks are and what it means to them as a couple.
In addition to the experience of Jornet and Forsberg, the film also features Dr. Daniel Brotons, a specialist in mountaineering medicine, who looks at the expedition from a scientific perspective and what this sort of acclimatization might mean for other athletes.
As Jornet says: “Although we did reach the summit, for us that wasn’t the important thing. What interested us was to see how we felt after an acclimatization that was totally different from any we’d done before.”
The last film in the Summits of My Life project, which covers Jornet’s double ascent of Everest, is in production and should be completed by early 2018.