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What likely comes to mind when you think of mountain climbers conquering Mount Everest are groups of climbers being led to the summit by Sherpa guides while carrying oxygen masks, supplies, and tents. You'd be mostly correct because 97% of climbers utilise oxygen to reach Everest's summit, which is 8,850 metres above sea level. At 3,500 metres, the majority of people experience breathlessness because to the thin air at high altitudes, and the vast majority of climbers utilise oxygen above 7,000 metres. A normal climbing party will consist of 8 to 15 individuals, with almost as many guides, and they will spend weeks ascending the mountain after arriving at Base Camp.
But without an oxygen mask or fixed ropes, ultramarathon and mountain runner Kilian Jornet Burgada scaled the summit by himself in May 2017.
Oh, and it was completed in 26 hours.
with foodborne illness.
Then, five days later, he repeated the feat in just 17 hours.
Kilian, who was born in 1987, has spent his entire life preparing for Everest. Since he was raised at the ski resort of Lles de Cerdanya in the Pyrenees, 2,000 metres above sea level in Catalonia, northeastern Spain, that truly does mean his entire life.Kilian was on skis while most kids his age were learning to walk. He completed a five-hour hike with his mother at the age of one and a half, fully on his own. When he conquered his first peak and took part in his first cross-country ski event at the age of three, he further distanced himself from his contemporaries. He had conquered a 4,000-foot mountain by the age of seven, and at eleven he completed a 42-day Pyrenees trek.
He claims that he began to "take it seriously" when he was 13 years old. He trained with the Ski Mountaineering Technical Centre (CTEMC) in Catalonia, competed, and worked with a coach. At age 18, he began to train alone for ski mountaineering and trail running, with only a few weeks off every year. He may put in up to 1,140 hours of endurance training annually, in addition to strength and technical sessions, race-specific training, and other activities. He prepared by ascending the mountain ten times until he knew every aspect of it, even where the sun would be shining at each time of the day, for his record-breaking ascent and descent of the Matterhorn.
Kilian Jornet seems practically superhuman despite barely getting seven hours of sleep per night. His resting heartbeat, which is 33 beats per minute as opposed to the normal man's 60 or an athlete's 40, is incredibly low. He also breathes more effectively than the normal person, inhaling more oxygen with each breath, and recovers from activity considerably more quickly thanks to his body's rapid breakdown of lactic acid, the acid in muscles that causes discomfort after exercise.
All of this is attributable to his upbringing in the mountains and to genetics, but it is his exceptional mental toughness that makes him stand out. He frequently sets tests for himself to see how long he can withstand trying circumstances in order to properly comprehend what his body and mind are capable of. For instance, he barely avoided renal failure after a 100-kilometer run in temperatures of about 40°C despite only consuming 3.5 litres of water.
To detail all the competitions, prizes, and mountains he has scaled would require a book. And even here, Kilian's accomplishments are above average because he manages to find time to blog about his job and has written three books, including Run or Die and The Invisible Border.
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