Kilian Jornet Burgada has set a new record on Wednesday for the fastest ascent and descent of the famous Matterhorn. His time was just two hours 52 minutes, shaving 22 minutes off the previous record.
On Wednesday, Catalan climber Kilian Jornet Burgada beat the previous record, set in 1995 by Italian climber Bruno Brunod, by 22 minutes.
It all started at Cervinia, which lies at an altitude of 2,050 metres (6,726 feet), where Jornet left the village church at 3:00 pm local time.
It took him two hours to scale the 4,478-metre (14,692-foot) Matterhorn peak. It then took him less than an hour to descend and return to his point of departure, arriving at 5:52 pm local time.
26-year-old Jornet is a multiple world and European champion in the tough disciplines of mountain running and ski mountaineering.
Jornet is also a long-distance runner, mountain biker and duathlete (mountain running and mountain biking). He is also a three-time champion of the Skyrunner World Series from 2007–09 and the winner of the 2011 Western States Endurance Run.
The Matterhorn is a mountain in the Pennine Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy. It is one of the most deadly peaks in all of Europe, and a total of 500 climbers have died on its slopes between 1865 and 1995.
View of Matterhorn and Dent d'Hérens from Tête Blanche, Switzerland.