Kílian Jornet Burgada

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Kílian Jornet Burgada
Kílian Jornet Burgada.jpg
Personal information
Born (1987-10-27) 27 October 1987 (age 33)
Sabadell, Spain
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight58 kg (128 lb; 9.1 st)[2]

Kílian Jornet Burgada (Catalan pronunciation: ['kjliən ʒur'nɛt]; born 27 October 1987) is a Spanish professional sky runner, trail runner, ski mountaineer and long-distance runner.[3][4][5]

He is a six-time champion of the long-distance running Skyrunner World Series and has won some of the most prestigious ultramarathons, including the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, Grand Raid, the Western States Endurance Run and the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run.

Jornet holds the fastest known time for the ascent and descent of Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Denali and Everest [6]. The Everest performance was disputed in 2019.[7]

In addition, he holds the 24-hour uphill skiing record: 23,864-meters (78,274 ft).[8] This achievement was set on 8 February 2019.[9]


Cap de Rec mountain hut where Jornet grew up.

Jornet was born in Sabadell, Catalonia, Spain near Barcelona. He grew up in Refugi de Cap de Rec, a mountain hut at 2000 meters in the Pyrenees at the cross-country Lles ski resort in Lles de Cerdanya, where his father was a hut keeper and mountain guide.[3] At the age of three he climbed Tuc de Molières, a three-thousander in the Pyrenees. By the age of five he climbed Aneto 3,404 m (11,168 ft), the highest mountain in the Pyrenees, and a year later he climbed his first four-thousander, the Breithorn (4,164 m (13,661 ft)) on the Switzerland - Italy border.[10]

He started ski mountaineering in 1999, and competed for the first time at the La Molina race of the Spanish Cup in 2000.[citation needed] In 2003, he became a junior member of the Spanish national ski mountaineering team, and has raced as a senior since 2007.[citation needed] Jornet studied at the University of Perpignan Via Domitia.[11][better source needed]

Jornet has been recognised as an elite athlete since 2004[12] by the Catalan and Spanish sports councils (Consell Català de l’Esport and Consejo Superior de Deportes).[13] For his achievements in the "junior" class ski mountaineering team, he won the Catalan sports award (Premi d’honor d’esport català) in 2004, 2005 and 2006.[citation needed]

In 2005 he set a course record of 2:30:57 for the race to the 4,015-metre (13,173 ft) summit of the Dôme de Neige des Écrins.[14] He was World Champion in the Buff SkyRunner World Series in 2007,[12] 2008 and 2009[15] becoming the youngest athlete to win this honour.[12]

Personal life[edit]

His sister Naila Jornet Burgada and his girlfriend Emelie Forsberg from Sweden also compete in ski mountaineering and skyrunning events.[16]

On 7 September 2013 Jornet and Forsberg had to be rescued by the "Peloton de Gendarmerie de haute montagne" (PGHM, alpine rescue squad) at 3,800 meters of altitude (ésperon Frendo) while attempting to climb the north face of the Aiguille du Midi in the Mont Blanc massif, wearing trail running shoes with crampons[17] and a body stocking.[citation needed]

Since February 2016 Jornet and Forsberg are resident in Rauma municipality in Norway.[18]

Jornet and Forsberg have a child, born in March of 2019.[19]

"Summits of My Life" Project[edit]

"Summits of My Life" is Kilian Jornet's personal project, in which he is trying to set ascent and descent records for some of the most important mountains on the planet, and culminated with the record attempt on Mount Everest.[20][self-published source?] This project includes:

  • Kilimanjaro 5,895 m (19,341 ft). On 29 September 2010, Jornet ascended and descended Kilimanjaro in a record time of 7 hours, 14 minutes. This record was broken on 13 August 2014, when the Ecuadorian mountain guide Karl Egloff ran up and down in 6 hours and 42 minutes.[21]
  • Mont Blanc traverse, 4,810 m (15,780 ft). In September 2012, Jornet completed the Innominata, a route linking Courmayeur and Chamonix, in 8 hours and 42 minutes.[22] A previous attempt at ski crossing the Mont Blanc massif from Les Contamines to Champex in June 2012 resulted in the death of the French mountaineer Stéphane Brosse when a snow cornice collapsed under him.[23][24][25]
  • Mont Blanc. In July 2013, Jornet achieved the fastest known time for the ascent and descent from Chamonix in 4 hours and 57 minutes.[26][27]
  • Matterhorn, 4,478 m (14,692 ft). In August 2013, Jornet achieved the fastest known time for the ascent and descent from Breuil-Cervinia in 2 hours and 52 minutes.[28] He improved the previous fastest known time set by Bruno Brunod in 1995 by more than 20 minutes. He started climbing up the 14,962 ft peak during mid-afternoon local time, reaching the summit in 1 hour 56 minutes via the Lion Ridge from the Italian side.[29]
  • Denali, 6,168 m (20,236 ft). In June 2014 Jornet completed the fastest known time for the ascent and descent with a time of 11 hours and 48 minutes using both skis and crampons, breaking the previous record by 5 hours and 6 minutes.[30][31]
  • Aconcagua, 6,960 m (22,830 ft). In December 2014 Jornet set a record for climbing and descending Aconcagua from Horcones (the nearest road, at Puente del Inca) and back, in 12 hours and 49 minutes. Jornet's record was broken in February 2015, again by Karl Egloff, who completed the route in 11 hours and 52 minutes.[32]
  • Elbrus, 5,642 m (18,510 ft). Jornet made an attempt in 2013 to set the fastest known time for the ascent and descent from Azau but was forced to turn back by bad weather.[33] The fastest known time for the ascent is 3:23:37 set in 2010 by Andrzej Bargiel, while the record time for ascent and descent is 4:20:45, set on 7 May 2017 by Karl Egloff.[34][35][36]
  • Mount Everest, 8,848 m (29,029 ft). Jornet summited Mount Everest at midnight (local time) on 22 May 2017. Climbing without fixed ropes or supplemental oxygen, he reached the top via a new route in 26 hours from base camp. On 27 May he reached the summit again from advanced base camp in 17 hours, about 15–20 minutes slower than the records from this camp set by Hans Kammerlander and Christian Stangl in 1996 and 2006, respectively.[37]

Selected results[edit]

Mountain running / skyrunning[edit]


  • 2006: 2nd, International Championship SkySpeed Climb


  • 2006:
  • 2007:
    • 1st Núria-Queralbs Salomon Compex, "senior" class[39]

Ski mountaineering[edit]

  • 2002:
    • 2nd, Spanish Championship team race together with Gil Erra, "cadet" class
    • 4th, Spanish Cup, "cadet" class
    • 5th, Spanish Championship single race, "cadet" class
  • 2003:
  • 2004:
    • 1st, World Championship vertical race, "cadet" class
    • 1st, Spanish Championship single race, "cadet" class
    • 1st, Spanish Championship vertical race, "cadet" class
    • 1st, Spanish Championship vertical race together with Aleix Pubill Rodríguez, "cadet" class
    • 2nd, World Championship single race, "cadet" class
    • 3rd, European Cup single race, "cadet" class
  • 2005:
    • 1st, European Championship vertical race, "cadet" class
    • 1st, Spanish Championship single race, "cadet" class
    • 1st, Spanish Cup (Spanish: Copa España) single race, "cadet" class
    • 1st, European Cup single race, "cadet" class
    • 1st, Spanish Championship team race together with Jordi Oliva
    • 3rd, Spanish Championship vertical race
    • 4th, Spanish Cup single race, "cadet" class
  • 2007:
    • 1st, European Championship single race, "junior" class
    • 1st, European Championship vertical race, "junior" class
    • 1st, European Championship relay race together with Mireia Miró Varela and Marc Pinsach Rubirola, "junior" class
    • 1st, European Championship team race, "junior" class
    • 1st, 20th "Traça Catalana"
    • 2nd, Spanish Cup vertical race
  • 2008:
  • 2009:
    • 1st, European Championship vertical race
    • 2nd, European Championship relay race together with Javier Martín de Villa, Joan Maria Vendrell Martínez and Manuel Pérez Brunicardi
    • 5th, European Championship team race together with Javier Martín de Villa
  • 2010:
    • 1st, World Championship vertical race[41]
    • 2nd, World Championship single race[42]
    • 3rd, World Championship combination ranking[43]
    • 4th, World Championship relay race (together with Javier Martín de Villa, Manuel Pérez Brunicardi and Marc Pinsach Rubirola)[44]
    • 8th, World Championship team race (together with Marc Pinsach Rubirola)[45]
    • 1st (espoirs), Trophée des Gastlosen (ISMF World Cup), together with Marc Pinsach Rubirola[46]
  • 2011:
    • 1st, World Championship single race
    • 1st, World Championship vertical race
    • 1st, World Championship vertical, combined ranking
    • 4th, World Championship relay, together with Marc Pinsach Rubirola, Miguel Caballero Ortega, Javier Martín de Villa
    • 8th, World Championship team race (together with Marc Pinsach Rubirola)
    • 1st, Mountain Attack[47]
  • 2012:
    • 1st, European Championship vertical race
    • 1st, World Championship vertical, combined ranking
    • 2nd, European Championship single
    • 4th, European Championship relay, together with Marc Pinsach Rubirola, Marc Solà Pastoret and Miguel Caballero Ortega
    • 5th, European Championship team, together with Marc Pinsach Rubirola
    • 1st and course record, Mountain Attack[48]
    • 1st, Patrouille de la Maya, together with Valentin Favre and Alexis Sévennec-Verdier[49]

Pierra Menta[edit]

Patrouille des Glaciers[edit]

  • 2010: 4th, together with Marc Solà Pastoret and Marc Pinsach Rubirola[51]

Trofeo Mezzalama[edit]

Summit list[edit]

The Matterhorn

List of mountains summited:

See also[edit]


  • Summits of my life – A Fine Line (2012) was presented in the Palau de la Música Catalana de Barcelona and shows Jornet accompanied by his mother, sister, his first trainer, and his friends, like Stéphane Brosse, Mireia Miró Varela, Vivian Bruchez, Mattéo Jacquemoud, Jordi Tosas and Anna Frost.[56]
  • Summits of my life - Déjame Vivir (2014) was released online in 2014. It shows Jornets activities during 2013, the Mont Blanc running record in July, his speed record on the Matterhorn in August and his run on Mount Elbrus in mid-September.[57]
  • Summits of my life - Langtang (2015)
  • Summits of my life - Path to Everest (2018)


  • Jornet, Kílian (2011). Run or Die. Velo Press. ISBN 978-1937715090.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Jornet, Kílian (2013). The invisible border.


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  13. ^ "Lista "Deportista de Alto Nivel"" (PDF) (in Spanish). Consejo Superior de Deportes. 2007-08-17. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
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  18. ^ Verdens raskeste fjelløper har flyttet til Måndalen (Åndalsnes Avis, 15 Mars 2016, in Norwegian)
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  20. ^ "Summits of My Life"
  21. ^ Matt Hart, Where in the World Did Karl Egloff Come From?, Outside 5, Mar 2015
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  23. ^ Robin Deering World champion ski mountaineer dies in Mont Blanc record attempt.Stéphane Brosse, triple World champion ski mountaineer dies in Summits of My Life project. 18th June 2012, chamonet.com
  24. ^ Stéphane Brosse emporté (in French), ledauphine.com SkiChrono, June 17, 2012.
  25. ^ Skibergsteiger Stéphane Brosse stirbt im Wallis (in German), blick.ch, June 17, 2012.
  26. ^ Dougald MacDonald Extraordinary Speed Record on Mont Blanc climbing.com, July 21, 2013
  27. ^ Mont-Blanc Speed Record: Ascent and Descent On Foot chamonix.net
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  36. ^ New records on SkyMarathon - Mt. Elbrus, 2350-5642 m! at the Redfox Elbrus Race website, May 7, 2017.
  37. ^ Ariella Ginzler, Kilian Jornet Summits Everest Twice, But Did He Set a Record?, Trail Runner Magazine, May 28, 2017.
  38. ^ Kilian Jornet, Campeón del Mundo Archived 2007-10-31 at the Wayback Machine (Spanish), El Mundo Deportivo, 25. September 2007.
  39. ^ Marc Pinsach and Neus Parcerisas won the Salomon Compex Xm Duatlon Series, October 20, 2007.
  40. ^ Kilian Jornet-Burgada wins World Cup in Massongex Archived 2008-06-13 at the Wayback Machine, Dynafit, January 30, 2008.
  41. ^ 5. ISMF World Championships - vertical race (AD) Archived 2010-03-11 at the Wayback Machine, skimountaineering.org
  42. ^ 5. ISMF World Championships - individual (AD) Archived 2010-03-11 at the Wayback Machine, www.skimountaineering.org
  43. ^ ISMF World championship combined ranking - men Archived 2017-02-14 at the Wayback Machine, ISMF.
  44. ^ 5. ISMF World Championships - relays men (AD) Archived 2010-03-10 at the Wayback Machine, www.skimounaineering.org
  45. ^ Provisional results men teams Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine, www.canillo2010.org
  46. ^ 2010 Trophée des Gastlosen Archived 2010-02-15 at the Wayback Machine
  47. ^ Mountain Attack - results 2011 Archived 2012-01-16 at the Wayback Machine
  48. ^ Mountain Attack - results 2012[permanent dead link]
  49. ^ 04.03.12: Patrouille de la Maya Archived 2012-03-06 at the Wayback Machine (in German), SAC - CAS.
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  51. ^ 2010 Patrouille des Glaciers Archived 2010-06-02 at the Wayback Machine
  52. ^ 2011 Trofeo Mezzalama - men results Archived 2012-02-27 at the Wayback Machine
  53. ^ 2013 Trofeo Mezzalama - men results
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