It was only 2 months ago that climber and mountain runner Kilian Jornet smashed the speed record for climbing Aconcagua, South America’s highest peak, but his record has already been broken. Half Ecuadorian half Swiss runner Karl Egloff has smashed Kilian’s time by almost an hour and the new record now stands at 11 hour 52 minutes for climbing and descending the 6962 metre peak.
Last year Karl also beat Kilian’s speed record on Kilimanjaro so perhaps a new rivalry is emerging for these speed ascents, which could make for interesting viewing as Kilian has his sights on several peaks this year, including Everest.
Next we’re off to Turkey, where climbing at one of the most popular crags in the Country is under threat. Geyikbayiri lies in the Antalya region of Turkey and attracted around 10,000 visitors last year. It was the focal point of an episode of the EpicTV series “Turkey and Trimmings” and is home to some stunning sport routes.
A mining company has been granted a permit to explore the area, which would mean that the crag would be closed to climbers and irreparably damaged. A campaign has been started to get the permit revoked and you can find out more by going to the “Save Geyikbayiri” Facebook page. You can also sign a petition against the granting of the permit by googling “Change.org Geyikbayiri” and following the top link.
Kilian Jornet's New Nemesis Smashes His Aconcagua Speed Record | EpicTV Climbing Daily, Ep.450
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