[…] gathered in Silverton, Colorado, last weekend to take on the glory and suffering of the Hardrock 100, considered one of the hardest trail races in the world. Competitors ran 100 miles with 33,992 feet of climb and 33,992 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 67,984 feet at an average elevation of 11,186 feet in the gorgeous San Juan Mountains. Elite mountain endurance athlete Kilian Jornet, our People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year, took first and set a new course record of 22:41:33, followed by French runner Julien Chorier, who won the race in 2011. (Read an interview with Jornet about his recent speed record on Denali.) […]
Moshi, Tanzania, October 1. Spanish ultra runner Kilian Jornet, 22, set a new speed record at Mount Kilimanjaro, running from base camp to Uhuru Peak and back in 7 hours, 14 minutes. The previous record was held by Tanzanian ultra runner and mountain guide Simon Mtuy in 8 hours, 27 minutes. At 19,340 feet, Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak in Africa and a popular trekking destination. Most climbers take about seven days to summit.
It was 7:10 am and the thermometer read -20ºC. There were gusts of up to 40km when Kilian Jornet started out from base camp at 2,000m. He made the climb on skis, using crampons in some of the more technical sections, and the descent was on skis.
The chronometer showed 11h 48 ‘ (9h 45 ‘ to the summit) when Kilian Jornet arrived back at base camp, beating the previous record established in 2013 by Ed Warren (16h 46 ‘). Reaching this summit, Jornet completes the sixth challenge of his project , following the philosophy that inspires the team. Throughout the journey, Jornet was accompanied by film director and mountain guide Seb Montaz, who filmed the start and the first part of the route, and climbers and skiers Jordi Tosas and Vivian Bruchez, who positioned themselves in Rescue Gully to film him.