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Kilian Jornet summits Mount Everest twice in one week without bottled oxygen

The talented ultrarunner summits Everest for the second time in six days on May 27

Kilian Jornet

Renowned ultramarathoner and mountain runner Kilian Jornet reached the peak of Mount Everest for the second time in one week. Without the use of fixed ropes or supplemental oxygen, the Spaniard completed the second of his two expeditions on May 27, five days after peaking Everest on May 22.

ā€œIā€™m so happy to have made the summit again!” Jornet says according to his blog. “Today I felt good although it was really windy so it was hard to move fast. I think summiting Everest twice in one week without oxygen opens up a new realm of possibilities in alpinism and Iā€™m really happy to have done it.”

During the first attempt, Jornet was unable to complete his predetermined journey back down to Everest Base Camp because of stomach cramps. He intended on departing from and arriving back at Everest Base Camp (4,100m) following reaching the summit of Everest (8,848m). He did not complete the journey between the Advanced Base Camp and Everest Base Camp during his descent because of the aforementioned stomach problems.

Accumulated route times for second Everest summit

Everest Advanced Base Camp (6,500m) – Summit (8,848m): 17 hours
Summit (8,848m) ā€“ Everest Advanced Base Camp (6,500m): 28 hours 30 minutes

The two expeditions differed in that during the May 27 climb, Jornet began at Advanced Base Camp. During his first attempt, Jornet began at Everest Base Camp, a difference of approximately 1,300m. Jornet claims that the 26 hours it took for him to depart from Base Camp and arrive at the peak of Everest is the fastest-known time.

According to Outside Magazine, “talented mountaineer” Adrian Ballinger took on Everest the same day as Jornet and took three days to do so without supplemental oxygen. It was Ballinger’s seventh summit of Everest while Jornet has done the trek twice, which is part of his Summits Of My Life, a series of climbs and attempts at fastest-known times around the world.

Gripped Magazine writes that the fastest-known time from Advanced Base Camp to the peak of Everest is 16 hours and 45 minutes, faster than Jornet’s 17 hours.

Jornet is resting at Advanced Base Camp before returning to Europe.