UPHILL SKIING RECORD
13th February 2019
The ski mountaineer and ultra runner Kilian Jornet has set a new record – for 24-hour uphill skiing.
The 31-year-old Spaniard completed more than 23,486 metres of elevation in 24 hours.
It’s the equivalent of 2.5 ascents of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest.
Jornet was joined by friends and local skiers during his record-breaking feat of endurance at Tusten ski resort in Norway.
In order to complete the challenge, Jornet achieved a total more than 51 climbs over 195km in 24 hours.
He uploaded the evidence of his climb to Strava, the social network for athletes, showing the statistical detail behind it.
“This is not my definition of a ‘fun day’, but it is great to test yourself to see what you’re able to do,” Jornet said.
“I like to set myself new challenges to test my body, and I wanted to see how many metres of elevation gain I was capable of doing in one day.
“This year I’m not competing in the Ski Mountaineering World Cup, so my training has changed and I’m trying to set myself different challenges and keep up my motivation.
“I’ve been feeling great throughout the 24 hours and the sensations have been really good. Thank you to everyone who came to join in and share this experience with me.”
Kilian Jornet also holds the fastest known time for the ascent and descent of the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Denali and Everest.
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