Kilian Jornet: ‘It’s like meditation. It’s beautiful is considered that small.”
( CNN) He’d blacked out in the snow-swept nighttime somewhere on Mt. Everest’s airy northeast bank. Now Kilian Jornet was lost, spent and hysterical, flogged by a vehement wind in the “death zone” high-pitched above 8,000 meters( 26,200 paws ). The hotshot Catalan climber had achieved a superhuman feat, scaling the world’s highest mountain twice in six epoches without supplemental oxygen, both in breathtakingly fast meters. But now, Jornet was teetering above the plunge cliff of the North Face with no mind how he got there or how to get to safety.
“I don’t know if it was a daydream or if it was real, I was sleepy-eyed, ” he says on his new cinema “Path to Everest.”
Daylight, he chose, would be his saving and he hunkered into his green down clothing to await a clearer idea of his escape direction back to the relative safety of the North Col. When word of Jornet’s presumptuous double ascent pulsated around the world, his legend was end. The first ascent in 26 hours in one continuous move from the Rongbuk Monastery base camp at 17,000 hoofs in Tibet was bionic. But twice? The second time in 17 hours from advanced base clique, which takes normal climbers four daylights? The accomplishment is so jaw-dropping questions have been asked. But not for nothing is the celebrated ultra runner and ski mountaineer known as the “Extraterrestrial.”