Ultrarunner, Kilian Jornet, has shattered the speed record on the Matterhorn, one of the most daunting and dangerous mountains in the Alps, without breaking a sweat.
No one has come close to the 1995 speed record on the Matterhorn set by Bruno Brunod, until now. On Aug. 21, the 25-year-old Adrenalist climbed to the top of the Matterhorn’s peak and back down to the town of Breuil-Cervinia, Italy in a record-breaking two hours and 52 minutes. Jornet’s time shattered the previous speed record on the Matterhorn, set in 1995 by Bruno Brunod, by more than 20 minutes.
Jornet barely broke a sweat climbing a mountain that dashed so many dreams in the past. “I’ve felt great during the climb, with very good feelings,” Jornet writes at his website, Summits of my Life. He goes on to say, “at the beginning I was very hot but step by step I’ve started getting the rhythm and then I felt great.”
Climbing the Matterhorn in record time is just one of a handful of mountain records that Jornet has destroyed. In July, he summited and descended Mont Blanc in about 5 hours, slicing 13 minutes off the previous record.
Jornet’s next mission is to conquer the speed record on Mt. Elbrus, the highest peak in all of Europe.