‘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.
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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