The Seven Summits of Romsdalen have been completed in one day before – but only by using a car to travel between them. That’s not Killian Jornet’s style
Killian Jornet is the consummate ski mountaineer, who somehow accidentally become the world’s best mountain runner along the way. He’s an absolute force of nature in the mountains, and it’s a joy to watch him move among them: smooth, focussed, super fit and supremely competent – on skis, on crampons, and in running shoes. Yet while he considers himself a skier first and foremost – running is just something he does to train for skiing when the snow melts – the Spaniard has been shattering speed records on races and mountains around the world since 2009.
Jornet and his partner (and bad-ass trail runner in her own right) Emelie Forsberg recently moved to Norway, in search of wilder mountains and a closer connection to nature. In this video he explores his backyard as he attempts the Seven Summits of Romsdalen, a 77km route with 9000 vertical metres of ascent. Most people aim to complete the Seven Summits in a year or a season, though it has been completed in a day before with the use of a car. Killian aims to run and ski it in one day purely under his own power.
Kilian Jornet is considered the greatest mountain runner ever. But he doesn’t consider himself a runner. Join Kilian in his new backyard in Norway as he attempts to ski and run in a single day the Seven Summits of Romsdalen, a 77km route with 9000m of elevation gain.
In the end Killian was turned around by the warm weather while climbing a couloir – the snow and ice just became too unstable, pelting him with ice balls falling from above. One month later he completed the challenge, covering 77.6km and 9002 vertical metres in 23 hours 28 minutes and 14 seconds.