Kilian Jornet begins the Everest challenge as part of the Summits of My Life project

Today, May 20th, Kilian Jornet has begun his personal project of climbing the north face of Everest. The Cerdanya athlete aims to set a new benchmark for the ascent and descent of the world’s highest mountain (8,848m) without oxygen. The challenge is part of his Summits of My Life project which since 2012 has seen him to climb mountains around the world in a minimalist and pure style.

The attempt on Everest began today at 10PM local time at the Base Camp on the north face of the mountain at the ancient Rongbuk monastery (5,100m). From there Jornet will climb to the Advanced Base Camp at 6,500m and then try to reach the summit at 8,848m. In the end, Jornet has opted for the normal route for the ascent. The build-up of ice in the Norton corridor, his intended route, has forced him to opt for a safer one.

In his attempt, Jornet will not carry oxygen nor use fixed ropes and will carry the lightest material possible.  

Before he set off, Jornet said: “I feel very good physically and I seem to have done a good job of acclimatising myself. We hope the weather holds out and that we can complete the challenge which is the last of the  Summits of My Life project. It will be a long, hard day on the mountain but it will also no doubt be a wonderful experience!”

No one has attempted this particular challenge before and this will determine how long it takes Jornet to complete this difficult attempt.

The Summits of My Life channels will publish updates on the expedition.

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