Kilian Jornet, having just set the superhuman record of running — without supplemental oxygen — to the top of Everest in 26 hours, thinks he can do better. Or at least that’s what he told Adrian Ballinger on May 22, upon returning to Advanced Base Camp.
Ballinger’s Instagram post narrated the exchange between the two world-renowned athletes, in which Jornet said that he’d like to try to do it even faster before the season ended. Considering Jornet had gone about 35 hours without sleep at that point, it may have been a delirious utterance, but then again, maybe not. Jornet’s blog reported that during his record-setting ascent, he started feeling ill, “probably from a stomach virus,” after 7,700 meters (25,200 feet), and slowed considerably as a result. What if he’d been able to go full bore those final 3,800 feet?
Jornet’s blog, along with his social media accounts, hasn’t given any indication that he’s making another summit bid. But if Jornet was in his right mind when he conversed with Ballinger, and if his body can recover, the mountain seems to be on his side. Everest is about to see another good weather window, perhaps the best of the season, with the lowest winds, from May 26 to 28 on the North side, where Jornet is currently based.
For now, the record stands.