‘It’s reasonably high’: athlete tells how he scaled Everest twice in a few weeks

Kilian Jornet became ascents without established lassoes or oxygen and abode illness on first rising but is laid back about his exploits

Forty-eight hours after racing up Mount Everest twice in a week, Kilian Jornet flew residence to Norway where, rather than popping corks and collapsing into bed, he celebrated by going for a run with his girlfriend and sitting down to a meal of bread, salad and vegetables.

To be honest, Im not really one for celebrations, he tells the Guardian. After weeks of rice and good-for-nothing fresh, it was nice to eat a salad. I just wanted something normal.

The subdued festivals were in keeping with the spartan ideology that propelled the 29-year-old Spaniardto the summit without determined lines and supplementary oxygen on both opportunities last-place month.

Despite suffering from food poisoning on his first ascent and coming within hours of the 16 hours and 45 hours evidence specified 21 years ago by the Italian climber Hans Kammerlander on his second Jornets reflections on his doubled sojourn at the roof of the world are similarly laconic.

I was happy and tired, he says. But when youre up there youre pretty much concentrating on the moment and thinking about get down again. The feeling thumps you more when youve come down again and thats when “youre feeling” most satisfied.

Everest, he lends, is pretty high-flown. Even the large-scale mountains seem small-scale from up there. But its pretty tough as theres very little oxygen. But apart from that, its a mountain like any other albeit taller.

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Jornet says he had not planned to acquire two ascents but acquired the decision as he condescended from the first. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/ AFP/ Getty Images

Jornet, who grew up in the Pyrenean region of Cerdanya in northern Catalonia, has been clambering since his mothers took him into the mountains when he was 18 months old-fashioned.

My love of mountains has always come from them, he says. I predict theyre joyous[ about Everest ]. They can see that Im living their own lives that fulfils and thats all any parent wants.

The awe and feel of democracy he first appeared as a toddler “ve never” left him, while the years of climbing, skiing and long-distance passing have schooled him endurance, punishment and, equally importantly, how be addressed with fear.

Even with the stomach cramps and vomiting that blighted his first rising of Everest, he says he never felt afraid.

Ive spent years training and readying and that get you ready for being in disclosed status. But the important thing is to stay calm so that you move the right decisions on the mountain.

If you run into difficulties, I think you need to be very cool and not let your passions get the better of you. That comes with years of tradition. That room, if theres bad weather or other problems, youre not scared.

The route up Everest

Although he had not planned to do two climbings, the relevant recommendations of having another extend resulted as he returned to base camp.

As I was coming down after the first ascending, I envisioned, I commonly recover pretty well and if Im OK and theres a window of good weather Ill establish it another move. You have to induce the best possible use of it.

Jornets attempt to set new evidences for the most wonderful ascents of some of the worlds best-known mountains has already seen him scale Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn in Europe, Denali in North America and Aconcagua in South America.

But with the trail-running season under way, he is looking to desegregate things up a bit.

I tend to live day by day and appreciate what possibilities each one has. I look to do a little bit of everything: races, climbing, skiing. Hodgepodge clothings me, its about different notions, different emotions.

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