2016: KILIAN JORNET’S GREATEST CHALLENGE

This year Kilian Jornet will attempt what will probably be the most demanding challenges of the Summits of My Life project and, indeed, of his life. After breaking records on mountains around the world, the final part of his personal project will be an attempt to establish the record for ascending Everest, the world’s highest mountain (8,848m). The ascent of the giant Himalayan peak will take place in August and September. Once again, Kilian Jornet is taking on this challenge his own way, in the most pure and minimalist manner possible.

“Everest will probably be one of the most demanding climbs I’ve ever faced. It will be a great learning experience, from how my body reacts to the high altitude to how to apply the Alpine approach to the mountain. I’ve been preparing for this challenge for months and I’m keen to get started. The Summits of My Life project has always taken me to my limits and this time it won’t be any different,” Kilian Jornet says.

Kilian Jornet is taking on Everest with the purist and minimalist philosophy that is the trademark of the Alpine style. This means that, as with other challenges in the Summits of My Life project, he intends to complete the ascent in one go, without stopping at high-altitude camps. This is different from the classical Alpine approach but he has also acclimatising himself in a different way. Killian Jornet and his team intend to spend the last few weeks before they go to the Himalayas at a high altitude in the Alps. As Jordi Tosas explains: “It’s a new approach to acclimatisation. Before we set off for the Himalayas we will have partly acclimatised having spent some days at altitude. This means we won’t have to wait so long to start when we arrive at the Everest base camp.” Kilian Jornet adds: “This means we’ll be stronger when we begin the ascent. It can make you weaker if you spend several days acclimatising yourself on the mountain. With this type of acclimatisation we can begin the challenge with more energy and a better chance of success.”  

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Jornet has chosen a little-used route on the north face. As in previous Summits of My Life challenges, he will set off from the last inhabited place and from there aim to reach the summit and return to the point of departure. He will set off from the Rongbuk monastery in Tibet. Kilian Jornet will then have to cover some 30km before arriving at the advanced north face base camp – Zombie Camp (6,500m) and from there ascend to the 8,848m summit. Depending conditions, the team will decide the ascend route which Norton or Horbein are two of the possible options. It will be the first time that Kilian Jornet has climbed above 8,000m, which is why he said: “We’ll have to see how our body reacts at altitude. This expedition will be, above all, a learning exercise because we know there’s a long road ahead. Preparation is key, but we will also need to be patient to learn about these great mountains.”

Kilian Jornet is taking on the challenge without oxygen or fixed ropes and carrying the lightest equipment possible. As he explains:  “This is so I can move more quickly. With light equipment we can advance quicker, although we know this increases the risk. We’re aware of this risk and we’re taking it because ultimately this is the way we like to approach the mountain.” The team doesn’t wish to predict how long the ascent of Everest will take as they are aware that there’s no evidence that any expedition has attempted this challenge in this way.

The Everest expedition is made up of Jordi Tosas, an Alpine climber who knows the area well, as well as the cameramen and guides Sébastien Montaz-Rosset and Vivian Bruchez.

Once again, the way in which Kilian experiences the mountain will be a key factor, as it’s a small team and a huge challenge, all under the umbrella and based on the values of  Summits of My Life: minimalism, friendship and learning. The expedition will leave Europe on August 7 and will be in the area for around eight weeks, waiting for the best moment to begin the ascent.

“The day when we attack the summit we think there won’t be anyone else on Everest. It’s a period when there’s no one there. Thanks to the monsoon the fixed ropes will be covered with snow and Everest will only allow you one chance,” said Tosas.

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However, Kilian Jornet is aware that he may not be able to complete the challenge, and commented: “Reaching the summit depends on a lot of factors. There are external factors, such as the weather and the conditions on the mountain, but it also depends on us, if we are sufficiently prepared. Whatever happens, if we don’t make it, for me it’s not a failure. On the contrary, it’s a lesson. I know that whatever happens we’ll return from Everest having learnt something. In the end, it’s the mountain that’s in charge and we have to be humble. It will always be there, waiting for us, for another chance.”  

If he reaches the summit of Everest, it would mark the completion of Summits of My Life, in which Jornet has set record times on Mont Blanc, Cervino, Denali and the Aconcagua.

All the details of this adventure can be followed through Social Media channels Summits of My Life.

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Summits of My Life achieves the peak of solidarity to help Nepal

Summits of My Life has achieved the fundraising challenge it set out last December when, to coincide with the premiere of the film Langtang, Kilian Jornet and the NGO SOS Himalaya-Fundación Iñaki Ochoa de Olza, launched the project to raise €58,080 towards rebuilding 116 houses in Langtang, one of the areas worst hit by the earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015.

Seven months later, Summits of My Life has not only reached its target but exceeded it. In total, thanks to the donations made via the platform Mi Grano de Arena (Doing My Bit), in addition to other fundraising activities, €58,958,03 has been raised. These funds have been managed by SOS Himalaya-Fundación Iñaki Ochoa de Olza, which has gone to the area to coordinate the rebuilding work.

This has served as a contribution to help Nepal after the earthquake that struck on April 25, 2015, which had terrible consequences. According to official figures, the natural disaster left 9,000 dead and a very large number of people homeless. One of the worst affected areas was the Langtang valley where the Summits of My Life team witnessed the effects of the earthquake at first hand.

The village of Langtang was completely buried under an avalanche of snow, ice and rock as a result of the large amount of snow that had accumulated over an especially hard winter. Furthermore, the aftershocks seriously damaged nearby villages. The few survivors were evacuated to refugee camps in Kathmandu. The earthquake left most of them homeless and they are now living in temporary shelters.

To help them, Summits of My Life and the NGO SOS Himalaya-Fundación Iñaki Ochoa de Olza began a campaign to raise funds to help in the reconstruction of Langtang. This coincided with the premiere of Langtang, the third film in the Summits of My Life project, the story of what Kilian Jornet and his team experienced after the earthquake.

The inhabitants of Langtang set up a committee to coordinate international donations and to invest them in rebuilding the valley.

As part of this project, Summits of My Life organised various activities, as well as seeking donations via the platform Mi Grano de Arena (Doing My Bit). The raffle of Kilian Jornet’s Suunto Ambit 3 Peak watch raised €7,884. A further €11,916 was raised at the screenings of the film in Barcelona and Stuttgart, where last March the Langtang project coincided with the O.U.T. Salomon Festival. Furthermore, on April 25, 38 screenings were held around the world to commemorate the first anniversary of the Nepal earthquake. These raised  €17,082 and €22,076.03 joined the anonymous donations made through Mi Grano de Arena.

SOS Himalaya-Fundación Iñaki Ochoa de Olza has earmarked a total of € 58,958,03 to spend on the following material to rebuild houses in Langtang: sheeting for roofs, plywood for roofs and walls, helicopter transport and labour.

Members of the NGO have gone to the site to coordinate the rebuilding work. The first phase involved the major task of digging out the village buried under the avalanche. With that completed, the process of rebuilding the houses has begun and will be carried out over the next few months.

This is a small contribution and Langtang continues to need help to return to normality. Anyone who wishes to may continue working towards the rebuilding of Langtang by making donations to S0S Himalaya-Fundación Iñaki Ochoa de Olza.

We’re counting on you to help Nepal

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April 25 marks the first anniversary and Summits of My Life has set up a very special activity to pay homage to the people of Nepal on social network. The aim is to remind everyone that Nepal still needs our help to rebuild itself.

We want you to become the voice of our project!

If you don’t have a T-shirt, you can share this image on your social networks!

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Will you help? Share the project on your social networks. If we all take part we can reach many people.  

Summits of My Life Commemorates the first anniversary of the Nepal Earthquake

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Screening list

Åndalsnes (Norway)

Åre (Sweden)

Baguio (Philippines)

  • Where: Canto Restaurant
  • Time: 19:00 h
  • Tickets: At the venue
  • Organizer: The Cordillera Conservation Trust

Bali

Barcelona (Spain)

  • Where: Filmoteca de Catalunya
  • Time: 20:00 h
  • Tickets: At the venue (19.00 h)
  • Organizer: Summits of My Life

Brussels (Belgium)

Calella, Maresme (Spain)

  • Where: Sala Mozart 
  • Time: 21:00 h
  • Tickets: At the venue
  • Organizer: Ajuntament de Calella

Doha (Qatar)

Hong Kong

  • Where: Hebe Haven Yacht Club
  • Time: 18.15 h
  • Tickets: At the venue or via email at steve@racebase.asia
  • Organizer: Race Base Asia

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

  • Where: Taikoo Place
  • Time: 19:30 h
  • Tickets: At the venue or via email at steve@racebase.asia
  • Organizer: Race Base Asia

Jakarta (Indonesia)

  • Where: Pavilum 28
  • Time: 19:00 h
  • Tickets: At venue
  • Organizer: Race Base Asia

Putrajaya (Malasia)

Ordino (Andorra)

  • Where: Auditori Nacional d’Andorra
  • Time: 21:00 h
  • Tickets: At the venue and Oficines de Turisme d’Ordino i Andorra la Vella
  • Organizer: Cims Màgics, Comú d’Ordino, Govern d’Andorra and Radio i Televisió d’Andorra
London (UK)

Manila (Philippines)

  • Where: Conrad’s Cafe
  • Time: 19:00 h
  • Tickets: At the venue
  • Organizer: Race Base Asia

Mallorca (Spain)

  • Where: Evasion Running Mallorca
  • Time: 21:00 h
  • Tickets: At the venue and On-line
  • Organizer: Evasion Running Mallorca

Mojstrana (Slovenia)

Réunion Island (France)

Rotorua (New Zealand)

  • Where: G Block Lecture Theatre
  • Time: 19:00 h
  • Tickets: At the venue
  • Organizer: Rotorua Running Club

Salvan (Switzerland)

  • Where: Salle Polyvalente Salvan
  • Time: 20:00 h
  • Tickets: Maison du Tourisme de Salvan / Les Marécottes and at the venue
  • Organizer: Commune Salvan

San Francisco (USA)

San Sebastián (Spain)

  • Where: Aquarium
  • Time: 19:00 h
  • Tickets: On-line
  • Organizer: El Diario Vasco

Singapore

Sofia (Bulgaria)

  • Where: National Palace of Cultura, Sala Lumiere Cinema
  • Time: 19:00 h
  • Tickets: On-line
  • Organizer: Travellers Club Bulgaria

Tokio (Japan)

Tenerife (Spain)

Zaragoza (Spain)

Kilian Jornet and the Summits of My Life team in Germany

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Stuttgart, in south-west Germany, last night hosted the German premiere of “Langtang”. Kilian Jornet and the Summits of My Life team were present at the screening that was attended by 450 people in the Wagenhallen hall.

Kilian Jornet, accompanied by the film’s director Seb Montaz and the mountaineer Jordi Tosas, gave a talk about Nepal and why they travelled to the Langtang valley almost a year ago.

“We are happy to be here, it’s the first time that we present a Summits of My Life film in Germany. It’s always nice to have a screening to have time to share it with the audience and have their feedback, as well as share backstage moments of the films”, Kilian said.

The event was  part of the Salomon O.U.T. festival which also screened other films of athletes from around the world trail running.

As well as documenting the journey, the film is also a homage to the Nepalese people and their generosity. As with the film’s earlier showing in Barcelona, all of the proceeds from the Stuttgart screening will go towards the charitable project established by Summits of My Life and the NGO SOS Himalaya aimed at rebuilding 116 houses in the Langtang valley in Nepal.

German première of “Langtang”

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Langtang”, the third film in the Kilian Jornet’s Summits of My Life project begins a round of screenings around the world. People in various countries will have the opportunity to enjoy the film and also to contribute to the charitable project in Nepal.

Following the official presentation in Barcelona last December, Stuttgart will be the next stop when “Langtang” will get its German première on March 30. The film’s three main protagonists Kilian Jornet, Seb Montaz and Jordi Tosas will be there to share with the public their experiences in Nepal while making the film. The event will be presented by Olympic Medalist in Cross Country Skiing Peter Schlickenrieder, now a TV commentator.

The screening starts at 20h30 in the Wagenhallen hall in the capital of Baden-Württemberg, in south-west Germany. The screening is part of the Salomon O.U.T. festival and other films produced by the French company will be shown. Langtang, which tells the story of the team in Nepal in the days following the earthquake that rocked the country, will be the final film in the event.

As well as documenting the journey, the film also pays homage to the generosity of the Nepalese people. As at the presentation in Barcelona, all proceeds from the event will go towards the charity project launched by Summits of My Life and the NGO SOS Himalaya which aims to rebuild  116 houses in the Langtang valley in Nepal.

Around 450 spectators are expected. Tickets are available online for €8 at out.salomon.com

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7.884 thanks!

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A few days ago we asked you to scale another “summit” by participating at Suunto Ambit 3 Pek Charity Draw. You’ve done it and all thanks to your unconditional support. You have raised 7.884 euros, all of which will go towards the rebuilding of 116 houses in the Langtang valley.

A huge thank you to everyone for your support. Thanks to you, 116 families will soon be able to go back to their homes.

We have reached another stage but we aren’t stopping there. The challenge of helping Langtang continues!

Help us build this dream!

Help Summits of My Life and SOS Himalaya to collect funds in order to rebuild 116 houses in Langtang Valley. We want to provide homes for the families left homeless by the earthquake of Nepal!

Donations can be made through the project website: www.summitsofmylife.com/nepal

Barcelona buzzing with the screening of ‘Langtang’

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On Saturday, the largest cinema in Barcelona was somewhat small for the screening of ‘Langtang’ – the third film from Kilian Jornet’s ‘Summits of My Life’ project. A number of spectators had turned up in the hope of getting tickets at the last minute, but the event had already been sold out for several hours. About 1200 spectators were in attendance for the premier of the film, which is a complete departure from the previous two films, showing the fragile and human side of Kilian Jornet.

Jornet explained: “It’s fantastic to be back in Barcelona to present the film. It’s a great opportunity to get the reaction of the public – the whole experience has been quite intense. I think it was well received and we hope to be able to continue helping the people of Nepal – who the film is dedicated to.”

The event was compered by the Rac1 journalist José María Pou, who began by introducing Kilian Jornet and the alpinist Jordi Tosas – a frequent visitor to Nepal and especially to Langtang where a large part of the film takes place. The film’s director, Sébastien Montaz-Rosset was unable to attend the premier, but was also part of the expedition.

After a brief introduction, the lights dimmed for the screening of the 52 minute film, following the team’s experience in Nepal. After a highly emotional finish, Jornet and Tosas returned to the stage to share some stories with the public. They also announced the launch of a humanitarian initiative by Summits of My Life together with the NGO SOS Himalaya; to build 116 houses in the Langtang valley, so that locals can return to their valley.

Spectators shared their impressions of the film as they left the cinema:

“We saw a lot of things that people should know. The information has been reported, but not in this way. You really get to see what happened.” Another commented: “You see first hand how things are in Nepal, and what happened with the earthquake. Everyone, mountaineers or not, has a part to play in helping these people who have such big hearts. They have nothing and give everything.”

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We want to rebuild 116 houses in the Langtang Valley

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Summits of My Life will contribute to the reconstruction of 116 homes in Langtang

Summits of My Life assotiates with SOS Himalaya, in order to contribute to the reconstruction of the Langtang Valley.

‘After the experience in Nepal we realized that we wanted to continue helping the people of Langtang, who have lost everything. After our return from Nepal we went into action and, along with SOS Himalaya, we devised a project that fits very well in the Langtang Valley. SOS Himalaya is a charity with whom we share many values and we are very pleased to start this collaboration,’ explained Kilian Jornet.

The earthquake of last April brought serious consequences to the Langtang Valley. The Langtang village was completely buried after the quake triggered a landslide of snow, ice and stones, due to the large amount of snow accumulated during the really tough winter. In addition, the shock wave from the landslide caused serious damage to nearby villages. The few survivors of the disaster were evacuated to a refugee camp in Kathmandu, and although some of them have returned to the valley, the earthquake left them homeless.

Therefore, Summits of My Life and SOS Himalaya are promoting a campaign to raise funds to rebuild 116 homes: the number of families which have been left homeless and want to return to live in the Langtang valley. The reconstruction of these houses will be following the typical Nepalese architecture, known as ” ‘Jasta Pata’: zinc plates placed on a wooden structure.

Besides the materials to build the ‘Jasta Pata’, the main cost of reconstruction will be transportation. Access to the Langtang valley, which was already complicated, was damaged after the earthquake. That is why materials will have to be transported by air. Houses will be rebuilt in different parts of the valley, as no building can be done in the area where the original village of Langtang was located.

Summits of My Life will collaborate in several ways to collect the necessary funds. Among them, all profits raised during the film premiere in Barcelona will be donated to this project. In addition, the project opens a fundraising campaign to raise the goal amount: $ 58,080.

Head of SOS Himalaya Maria Clement declared: ‘A lovely collaboration is starting today, because we share the way Kilian perceives the mountain. SOS Himalaya has undertaken many projects since the earthquake and this new one will help to continue developing our activities in the Himalayas. Also, having an initiative backed up by Summits and with the support of Kilian himself will definitely be very beneficial.‘

Donations can be made through the project website: www.summitsofmylife.com/nepal.

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