Sky Runner Kilian Jornet
Kilian Jornet, our 2014 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year, has continued his streak of outrageous “sky-running” speed records with an ascent and descent of 20,237-foot Mount McKinley (Denali) in 11 hours, 48 minutes. He beat the fastest known time on North America’s highest peak by five hours. Most parties approach the climb as a 17- to 21-day expedition.
Jornet also set a new course record of 22 hours, 41 minutes, and 33 seconds on the Hardrock 100, in which competitors run a hundred miles through Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, climbing and descending 33,992 feet. Next up: Mount Elbrus, Aconcagua, Everest.