Kilian Jornet is the world’s fastest mountain climber, ultrarunner, and ski mountaineer and his Summits of My Life project is his most ambitious achievement: the 29 year-old Spaniard challenged ascent and descent records for the world’s most important mountains including Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Mt. Elbrus, Denali, Aconcagua, and Mount Everest. By using all his talent in ultrarunning, climbing, and skiing, Jornet made worldwide headlines with his jaw-dropping, superhuman climbs.
In this illustrated, info-packed, and awe-inspiring account, Jornet documents his successful attempts to set new roundtrip FKTs (fastest-known times) while following his own ethic of climbing simply, purely, with minimal gear, and with love and respect for the environment and the mountains. Summits of My Life includes his preparation, his successes and failures, facts and elevation maps, and mind-blowing statistics along with Jornet’s personal commentary and inspiring photographs.
With every new record, Jornet achieves the unthinkable and pushes the boundaries of mountaineering, ultrarunning, and ski mountaineering. Now, as his project nears completion, Jornet’s Summits of My Life will awe and thrill readers.
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Summits of My Life: Daring Adventures on the World’s Greatest Peaks
Paperback. Full-color interior with 200 photographs and 10 illustrations throughout.
9.4″ x 8.7″, 208 pp., $24.95, ISBN13: 9781937715908
Introduction: The Project of My Life
Principles of the Project
Map of the Summits
The Mont Blanc Traverse: Mont Blanc from West to East, The Finest Line, Mont Blanc from South to North, The Innominata: Delicate Terrain
Mont Blanc: The Summit of Pioneers, Records and Friendship on Mont Blanc
The Matterhorn: A Glorious and Tragic Icon, Overcoming and Respecting a Legend
Mount Elbrus: A Volcano Between Europe and Asia, Frozen Mount Elbrus: The Impossible Summit
Denali: Extreme Cold at 20,000 Feet, A Fastest Known Time Among Friends
Aconcagua: The Roof of the Americas, A High-Altitude Battle
Mount 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 Possibilities
Forged in Dreams and Emotions: Imagining New Dreams
Contributors to the Project
Praise for Kilian Jornet, Run or Die, and Summits of My Life
National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2014 and 2018
“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.” —Active.com
“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
“Jornet is as modest as he can be, given that he is talking about destroying records….This is recommended coffee-table format inspiration for fans of adventurous runs and anyone who wants a glimpse of Jornet’s climbs, equipment and philosophies.” — Canadian Running Magazine
“A mind-blowing look at the latest project of the world’s fastest mountain climber, ultrarunner and ski mountaineer.” — Women’s Running