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Summits of My Life


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Introduction: The Project of My LifePrinciples of the ProjectMap of the SummitsTHE CHALLENGESThe Mont Blanc Traverse: Mont Blanc from West to East, The Finest Line, Mont Blanc from South to North, The Innominata: Delicate TerrainMont Blanc: The Summit of Pioneers, Records and Friendship on Mont BlancThe Matterhorn: A Glorious and Tragic Icon, Overcoming and Respecting a LegendMount Elbrus: A Volcano Between Europe and Asia, Frozen Mount Elbrus: The Impossible SummitDenali: Extreme Cold at 20,000 Feet, A Fastest Known Time Among FriendsAconcagua: The Roof of the Americas, A High-Altitude BattleMount Everest: Langtang and the Earthquake, The Mystery of the First Attempts on Everest, Learning to Accept Defeat, The First Everest Summits and Its Growing Popularity, A World of PossibilitiesForged in Dreams and Emotions: Imagining New DreamsContributors to the Project

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Kilian Jornet, the world's fastest and most famous mountaineer, documents his thrilling, multi-year Summits of My Life project. Jornet shattered ascent and descent records on seven of the highest and most important peaks on Earth including Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Denali, and Mount Everest.

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Kilian Jornet is a world champion ultrarunner and ski mountaineer from Catalonia, Spain. He has not only set records on the world's most difficult ultramarathons like Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, Hardrock 100, Western States 100, but he also holds the fastest known times for ascent/descent of the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Denali, and Mount Everest. Born in 1987, Jornet was raised in the shadow of the Spanish Pyrenees. By age 5 he had completed the ascent of Aneto, the Pyrenees' highest peak. Among his many accomplishments in trail and ultra running, he is the four-time champion of Europe's Skyrunner World Series, three-time champion of the grueling Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, 2011 winner of the world's oldest 100-mile race, the Western States Endurance Run in California's Sierra Nevada, and two-time National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. He has set speed records on mountains across the globe, including Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. Jornet is author of Run or Die, available from VeloPress.


Praise for Kilian Jornet, Run or Die, and Summits of My LifeNational Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2014"The most dominating endurance athlete of his generation." - New York Times"Kilian Jornet is the world's best...He is a freak of nature...and absurdly gifted." - Outside"Kilian Jornet's feats are redefining the sports of climbing, skiing, and ultrarunning." - Financial Times"Trail running's first true breakout star...[Jornet] has yet to find a record he can't shatter." - Runner's World"A life in the mountains has made Kilian Jornet a unique athlete, mixing running, skiing, and climbing." - Ian Corless, host of Talk Ultra"Even among the rarefied air of ultrarunning's most superhuman athletes, a world in which competitors race colossal distances of up to hundreds of miles on foot over the planet's most inhospitable landscapes, Kilian Jornet and his achievements stand out as breathtaking." - GQ"Rarely has a top-of-the-world athlete offered such candor, honesty and wisdom while still in his or her prime as Kilian Jornet does in Run or Die...His time in the mountains has made him a wise old soul and a great storyteller...An intriguing read." - Competitor magazine"An engaging read...Kilian is...the best mountain runner of any distance from one vertical kilometer to 100 miles, having won most every big race and set fastest known times on the biggest of peaks around the world." - Running Times"We are brought into the heart and soul of who many consider the fastest ultrarunner to hit this planet. The story is raw. It is rough, and it is emotional.""Jornet unspools a dream-like narrative of his thoughts on running in present-tense storytelling that brings the reader along...Readers hungering to find meaning in their own running experiences will find poetry to savor here." - Canadian Running magazine"Jornet is widely considered the world's best ultra-distance and mountain runner." - The Guardian

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