Famed ultrarunner Kilian Jornet has added another notch to his belt—according to the website of his “Summits of My Life” project, Jornet ascended and descended Aconcagua in 12 hours and 49 minutes, for the unofficial speed record. The previous mark was disputed, but nobody had claimed to have broken 13 hours.
Aconcagua, at 22,841 feet, is the tallest peak in the Western Hemisphere and one of the “Seven Summits.” Jornet traveled to Argentina earlier this month and made his first attempt at the record last week, but was forced to stop the attempt due to strong winds.
Jornet’s “Summits of My Life” is a four-year project in which he attempts to set speed records on some of the world’s most famous mountains. He set the mark for Mt. McKinley (Denali) earlier this year. In 2015, he plans to attempt Mt. Everest, the highest peak on Earth.
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Jornet has won numerous trail running races and set many records on several continents. Last year, he won the Pikes Peak Marathon in Colorado. He won the 2011 Western States 100 in California after finishing third in 2010. In 2009, he set a new record for running 165 miles around Lake tahoe in 38 hours. Aside from three victories at the famed 104-milw Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc race, he’s also won numerous short and steep SkyRunner races and vertical kilometer races and is a ski mountaineering world champion. He also holds the record for running up the short and steep Mt. Sanitas trail in Boulder, Colo., (14 minutes, 12 seconds for 1.4 miles with about 1,300 feet of elevation gain).
In 2013, Jornet set new records for going up and down the famed 15,781-foot Mt. Blanc in Chamonix, France (about 25,000 feet of elevation gain and loss in 4 hours, 57 minutes), and the iconic 14,692-foot Matterhorn (roughly 16,200 feet of ascending and descending in 2 hours, 52 minutes) on the border of Switzerland and Italy. In 2010, he broke records for running up Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro (5:23:50) as well as the roundtrip record (7:14:00).
Jornet wrote an autobiographical book of his adventurous life called “Run or Die” in 2012 and its been translated into nine languages.
In 2014, Jornet won the Hardrock 100 trail race in Colorado—considered to be one of the hardest races in North America—and shattered the course record in 22 hours, 41 minutes.
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