Mount Everest – At midnight on the 21st to 22nd of May 2017, Kilian Jornet, 29, reached the summit of Mount Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen or fixed ropes in a single push via the traditional route on the Tibetan side of the mountain.
Jornet’s alpine style climb left Everest Base Camp near the Rombuk Monastery at 5100 meters and reached the highest point on the planet at 8848 meters in just 26 hours.
While official records have never been kept, Jornet is claiming this is a record ascent, or Fastest Known Time (FKT), for summiting Mount Everest. OutsideOnline.com notes, “In 2004, Pembra Dorji, a Nepalese Sherpa, reportedly climbed Everest in 8 hours and 10 minutes, using supplemental oxygen and ropes.”
[EXPEDITION UPDATE] Kilian Jornet reached the summit of Everest at midnight of 21st to 22nd May (local time) in a single climb without the help of oxygen or fixed ropes. He reached the summit via the north face of the world’s highest mountain (8,848m) following the traditional route. Thank you @sebmontazstudio for all your work! More information ▶️ blog.summitsofmylife.com
Jornet’s original plan was to descend all the way back to Everest Base Camp, but due to a stomach bug, Jornet decided to stop at Advanced Base Camp after 38 hours on the move. This is Jornet’s 2nd attempt to claim the FKT on Everest. In 2016, he had to retreat due to weather conditions.
Read more about Kilian Jornet’s latest speed record on Mount Everest on the Summits Of My Life Blog.
The Summits Of My Life is a personal project of Jornet’s. The goal is to set ascent and descent records on some of the most iconic mountains in the world. Those peaks include: Cross Mont Blanc, Mong Blanc, Matterhorn, Elbrus, Denali, Aconcagua, and now Everest.