Extreme athlete Kilian Jornet has done it again. In a single climb the Catalan successfully reached the top of Mount Everest without the use of additional oxygen or fixed ropes, setting a new "Fastest Known Time" of 26 hours from the Everest Base Camp (5,100m) to the summit (8,848m). Due to stomach problems, Jornet didn't complete the descent to the Everest Base Camp, instead descending to Advanced Base Camp (6,500 metres) before the final descent.
He completed the climb from Everest Base Camp at the ancient Rombuk monastery to the summit via the traditional route up the north face. Jornet began the challenge at Everest Base Camp on May 20th at 22:00 local time (17:15 UK time), arriving at the summit around 00:00 on the 22nd May. By 12:15 local time he was back at the Everest Advanced Base Camp, where he confirmed reaching the summit at midnight. In general, expeditions take four days to reach the summit from the Advanced Base Camp. Given his stomach virus, Jornet decided to end the attempt at the Advanced Base Camp instead of descending to the Base Camp, near the Rombuk monastary, as he’d initially intended.
However, five days later, he was up there again. At 21:00 on 27th May, Kilean reached the summit a second time in less than a week, having taken 17 hours to get there from Advanced Base Camp (6500m).
Before Everest, Kilian Jornet had spent two weeks on another 8,000m mountain, Cho Oyu (8,200 metres). The aim was to be well prepared for Everest and also to try out a new type of acclimatization.
The climbs form part of the Summits of My Life project, which, since 2012, has seen Jornet travel around the world to try to establish records on the planet’s most iconic mountains. He began with Mont Blanc in the French Alps in 2012 and since then has scaled other mountains in Europe (Mont Blanc and Cervino), North America (Denali) and South America (Aconcagua).
Gear Fit for Everest
Kilian Jornet is sponsored by Salomon and Suunto. Before he departed for Everest Kilian took a photo of all the gear he had packed up for the adventure and provided a rund-down of his Salomon kit-list:
- Prototype Salomon Mountaineering Boots - designed specifically for the Everest expedition. They include lightweight prototype trail running shoes (unseen here) that are placed inside the outer boots once Jornet reaches the snow line.
- Salomon Prototype Sleeping suit - Prototype 1-piece high-altitude suit engineered and fully developed by Salomon.
- Salomon S-LAB X Alp Carbon 2 GTX® Shoes
- Salomon X-MAX Goggles
- Salomon Sagarmatha Glacier Sunglasses
- Salomon Soft Flasks
- Salomon S/Lab Trail Running Gloves
- Salomon Beanies
- Salomon X Alp GTX® Pants
- Salomon X Alp Mid Hoodie
- Salomon X Alp Speed Pant
- Salomon S-LAB Socks
- Salomon Prototype Mountaineering Poles
- Salomon Primo Base Layer Shirt and Pants
- Salomon S-LAB X Alp Baffled Down Jacket
- Salomon S-LAB Modular Running Shorts
- Salomon XA Trail Running Cap
- Salomon Peak 40 Bag