The large accumulation of snow on Everest has forced Kilian Jornet to postpone his ascent-descent attempt without oxygen.
Kilian Jornet acclimatising in Langtang
Due to poor conditions and the mountain being heavily covered with snow, Kilian Jornet and his team had to make the difficult decision of postponing the ascent-descent, without oxygen, for another season. Jornet had been training and acclimatizing on the mountain for about three weeks, preparing for a speed-record attempt of the world's highest peak, yet recent heavy snowfall made conditions unsafe, leading Jornet to call off the attempt.
âDuring the first few weeks we were acclimatising well and the conditions were good. However, when we were getting ready to prepare the attempt the weather began to change. There were some heavy snow storms and a large accumulation of snow. As a result, although we were in good physical shape, there was a high risk of avalanches and in the absence of good safety conditions it was impossible to climbâ
he said through a post on his Summits of My Life
He went on to say âThereâs a sense of frustration because weâre well acclimatised and we feel good but it would have exposed us to too much risk. Nevertheless, weâre happy because itâs been a very positive experience in which weâve learnt a lot. Being alone on Everest is incredible as there was no one else there. Now weâll go home to recover and plan the future. I think that if we come back there are some things we would change but itâs been a great experience and a good lesson for next time.â
Kilian, along with the rest of his team from the Summits of My Life project: UIAGM guide Jordi Tosas
guide and extreme skier Vivian Bruchez
, and cameraman SÃ©bastien Montaz
, have all agreed to make the attempt of completing the project in the near future, hoping that they can make improvements based on their experiences this year.