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    A childhood in the mountains

    The mountains and nature are a part of me. I was born in a refuge 2,000m up in the mountains (Cap del Rec, in the Cerdanya) where I practised mountain and snow sports with my family. Unconsciously, and as if it were a game, since I was little I became imbued with a love of the mountains and learnt about sport.

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    Becoming a passion

    At the age of 13 I enrolled in the Mountain Ski Technique Centre and there I started to train and to take part in competitions in a more serious and organised fashion.

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    A decisive year

    A 17, having finished high school, I decided to move to Font Romeu in the French Cerdanya with the aim of studying STAPS, the equivalent of the Physical Education School, so that I could train and study at the same time. That year I won my first world championship mountain skiing race in the Vertical Race at Cadete. I discovered mountain racing thanks to people in the mountain skiing world. It's the ideal way to train in summer and not fall behind in competitions and that's how I got involved in this world.

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    The first victories

    In 2007 I started to take a more active part in mountain skiing races and championships and trail running all around the world. I won my first Skyrunning championship and finished near the front in most races. The list of races I dreamed about running in was getting shorter.

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    Ultra Trail del Mont Blanc

    At the age of 20 I set myself a goal: the Mont Blanc Ultra Trail, a legendary race. I trained hard and won, even though I was the youngest in the race. This victory was accompanied by the Zegama, Giir de Mont and Dolomiti Skyrace which gave me the chance to compete around the world.

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    Kilian's Quest

    In 2009 I began Kilian's Quest which over the next four years led me to face long-distance challenges and to discover new sensations. Among other things, I set a new speed record for Kilimanjaro, the GR20 in Corsica, the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Transpirenaica.

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    Run or die

    All of these experiences inspired me to write the book Run or Die in 2011. Meanwhile, I won several races such as the Mont Blanc Ultra Trail, Zegama, Mt Kinabalu, Western States and the triple crown in the world mountain ski cup (vertical race, individual and overall).

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    Summits of My Life

    By 2012 I'd run all the races I'd hoped to compete in so I was looking for new dreams. Out of this came a new adventure, Summits of My Life. With this project I aimed to set new speed records on some of the planet's most iconic mountains. The project is based on my values and my way of taking on the mountains in a purist and minimalist manner. The first involved crossing the Mont Blanc massif. From this as well as from the experience of my first trip to the Himalayas emerged my second book, The Invisible Frontier.

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    Realising my dreams with Summits of My Life

    In 2013 I tried to find time in between competitions to continue with Summits of My Life. I set new speed records on Mont Blanc and the Cervino, a summit I'd dreamed of since I was a child. In 2014 I took on the tough conditions on Denali (6,186m), the highest peak in North America and also Aconcagua (6,962m), South America's highest. I set new records on both and continued to learn about high mountains.

    That same year I took part in 14 races. I was delighted to win the Zegama for the seventh time and to take on the Hardrock100, which I'd always wanted to do. That year I won the triple crown in the Wrold Cup of Skyrunning, Ultrarunning and the Vertical Kilometre.

    In 2014 I and Emelie Forsberg also decided to organise our own race: the Tromsö Skyrace, a technical and demanding race, which is the kind we like.

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    Langtang: a sporting and a human challenge

    In the spring of 2015 we began preparations for the Everest expedition the last of the Summits of My Life challenges. Shortly before we set off, however, Nepal was rocked by a powerful earthquake.

    We decided to set aside the sporting challenge but to go anyway to lend a hand. Out of this came the film Langtang and also the challenge of raising €60,000 to help to rebuild what was one of the worst affected areas.

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    First lesson on Everest

    In the summer of 2016 I faced a big challenge. I wanted to take on Everest for the first time in a pure and minimalist way. Bad weather conditions during the last stretch prevented us from reaching the summit but we learnt a lot ahead of the next expedition.

    In spite of spending a lot of time in the high mountains I continued to compete. I won the Hardrock 100 for the third time, Zegama for the eighth and the Pierra Menta mountain ski race for the fourth time, among others.

    I also decided to move to Norway where i discovered a whole new place to play.

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    Double Everest

    In May 2017 I completed the Summits of My Life project with a double ascent of Everest, alone, without fixed ropes and without oxygen. It was the last summit in the project which had included mountains such as the Cervino, Aconcagua, Denali and Mont Blanc. Those five years led to the book Summits of My Life, dreams and challenges in the mountains and four films: A Fine Line, Déjame Vivir, Langtang and Path to Everest which reflected on all these challenges as well as new dreams.

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    Today

    I am currently a professional athlete and I compete in ski mountaineering in winter and in mountain races in summer. I like versatility and being able to be on the mountain every day. I like to run, make long and short races, vertical kilometers, mountain ski races, crossings, ascents to summits, to chain mountains... All the activities bring me different and enriching things.

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    Tomorrow

    The main objective has not changed: I want to spend time enjoying the mountain, competing with friends or alone, trying to find more versatility than excellence, whether on skis or running, always in a light, simple and dynamic way.

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Weight

58-59 kg

Height

171 cm

FC Max

205

FC Rest

34

VO2 Max

92ml/min/kg

Fat

8%

Lung capacity

5,3 liters

Hours of sleep

8 hours

Track record

European and World Championships

  • 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 - Vertical Race World Champion
  • 2011, 2015 - Individual World Champion

World Cup

  • 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 - Winner of individual World Cup

  • 2015, 2016 - Winner of Vertical Race World Cup

  • More than 30 podiums in the World Cup since 2008

Important Races

  • 1x - Winner Altitoy

  • 1x - Winner Mezzalama

  • 4x - Winner Pierra Menta

  • 5x Spanish Champion Individual and Vertical Race

Extreme skiing

Alps:

  • Chardonnet - Epron Migot. 1st descent  Vivian Bruchez

  • Chardonnet - Col Trident 1st descent  Vivian Bruchez

  • Chardonnet - Vire de Lunne, 1st descent  Vivian Bruchez

  • Pointe Kurtz - Couloir W, 1st descent  Vivian Bruchez

  • Mont Maudit - Face Nord West. 1st descent  Bruchez and Montaz

  • Les Courtes - Autrichiens without abseil dow

  • Aiguille Verte - Couloir Cordier

  • Mont Blanc - Arête de Peuterey

  • Traversée des Aravis

  • Traversée du Mont Blanc

Norway:

  • Fiva- Trollstigen - 1st descent

  • Guhkesgáisi - Face N (1st descent)

  • Rornastinden -  Couloir N (1st descent)

  • Sjøboltinden - Diagonal Couloir (1st descent)

Alaska:

  • Denali - West Rib, Orient Express, Rescue Gully

Championships

  • 2014 - Skyrunning and Vertical KM World Champion

  • 2008, 2011, 2013 - Skyrunning, Ultra and Vertical Kilometer European Champion

World Cup

  • 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 – Skyrunning World Cup Champion

  • 2012, 2013, 2014 -  Ultra Running World Cup Champion

  • 2014 - Vertical Kilometer World Champion

Important races

  • 4x - Winner and recormdan Hardrock 100

  • 7x - Winner Zegama Aizkorri

  • 6x – Winner Sierre Zinal

  • 4x - Winner Trofeo Kima

  • 3x - Winner Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

  • 3x - Winner and recormdan Ultra Pirineu

  • 3x - Winner Vertical KM Fully

2018 - Bob Graham Round (12h53')

2017 - Double ascent to Everest in one week (Summits of My Life):  FCT Everest 26h Base Camp - Summit and 17h Advanced Base Camp - Summit.

2014- Aconcagua (12h49', Summits of My Life)

2014- Denali (11h48', Summits of My Life)

2013- Cervino (2h52’, Summits of My Life)

2013- Mont Blanc (4h57’, Summits of My Life)

2012– Courmayeur-Chamonix through Innominata (8h42’, Summits of My Life)

2011 - Ascent and descent Mont Olimp (5h19’)

2010 - Kilimanjaro (5h22)

2010 - Transpirenaica in 8 days

2009 - Tahoe Rim Trail (38h32’)

2009 - GR 20- Corcega  (32h54’)

Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic 2014, 2018

2014 Legend Marca Award

Award to the Sports Human Gesta, Gala Mundo Deportivo 2014

Silver Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit 2013

Champion des Champions L'Équipe 2012

Complete track record

Trail running

Races:

  • 1st Mont Blanc Marathon (France)​
  • 1st Skyrace Comapedrosa (Andorra)
  • 1st Sierre Zinal (Switzerland)
  • 1st Trofeo Kima (Italia)
  • 1st Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace
  • 1st Salomon Glen Coe Skyline

Mountain ski

European Champion Vertical Race

Races:

  • 1º Saint Vincent, vertical race (World cup)
  • 4º Saint Vincent, prueba individual (World cup)
  • 1º Etna, vertical race (European Championship) 
  • 3º Etna, prueba individual (European Championship)
  • 1º Altitoy 
  • Pierra Menta, fibula injury at the end of the last stage

Trail Running

Races: 

  • 1º Marathon du Mont Blanc (France, 42km) - 3h45
  • 1º Hardrock (USA, 160km) - 24h32'
  • 1º Sierre Zinal (Switzerland, 31km) - 2h33'05''
  • 2º Ultra Trail Mont Blanc (France, 168km) - 19h16'
  • 1º Glen Coe (Scotland, 55km) - 2h25'
  • 1º Marató Pirineu (Catalonia, 42km) - 3h44'

Ski mountaineering

World Champion Vertical Race

Individual World Runner-up

Races:

  • 2º Font Blanca, vertical race (World cup)
  • 6º Font Blanca, individual (World cup)
  • 2º Cambre D'Aze, individual (World cup)
  • 2º World ski mountaineering - individual
  • 1º World ski mountaineering - vertical race

Trail Running

Races:

  • 1º Zegama Aizkorri (Basque Country, 42km)
  • 1º Hardrock (USA, 160km)
  • 4º KV Fully (Switzerland)

Ski mountaineering

Winner Individual World Cup

Winner Vertical Race World Cup

Individual European runner-up

Races:

  • 1º Font Blanca, vertical race (World Cup)
  • 1º Font Blanca, individual (World Cup)
  • 1º Valtellina Orobie individual (World Cup)
  • 2º Alpiniski - Individual European Championship
  • 1º Alpiniski, vertical race (World Cup)
  • 1º Transcavallo, individual (World Cup)
  • 1º Altitoy (Mathéo Jacquemoud)
  • 1º Pierra Menta (Mathéo Jacquemoud)
  • 1º Mondolé Ski Alp, individual (World Cup)
  • 1º Mondolé Ski Alp, vertical race (World Cup)

Trail Running

Races:

  • 23º Zegama Aizkorri (Basque Country)
  • 1º Mount Marathon (Alaska)
  • 1º Hardrock (USA, 160km)
  • 1º Sierre Zinal (Switzerland, 31km)
  • 9º Skaala Uphill (Norway)
  • 1º Ultra Pirineu (Catalonia)

Ski Mountaineering

Vertical Race World Champion

Individual Ski Mountaineering World Champion

Races:

  • 1º Ecrins, vertical race (World Cup)
  • 1º Font Blanca, vertical race (World Cup)
  • 1º Font Blanca, individual (World Cup)
  • 1º Ski Mountaineering World Championship, vertical race 
  • 1º Ski Mountaineering World Championship, individual
  • 2º Trofeo Marmotta, prueba individual (World Cup)
  • 2º Mondolé Ski Alp, vertical race (World Cup)
  • 4º Mondolé Ski Alp, prueba individual (World Cup)
  • 6º Adamello Ski Raid (Lorenzo Holzknecht)

Trail Running

World Champion (Sky Running, Vertical Kilometer)

Sky Running World Cup Champion

Ultra Running World Cup Champion

Vertical Kilometer World Cup Champion

Races:

  • 2º Transvulcania (Canary Islands, 87km)
  • 3º Kilómetro Vertical Transvulcania (Canary Islands)
  • 1º Zegama Aizkorri (Basque Country, 42km)
  • 1º Marathon du Mont Blanc (France 42km)
  • 1º Kilòmetre Vertical Chamonix (France)
  • 1º Hardrock (USA, 160km)
  • 1º Dolomites Skyrace (Italy, 22km)
  • 8º Kilómetro Vertical Dolomites (Italy)
  • 1º Giir di Mont (Italy, 32km)
  • 1º Sierre Zinal (Switzerland, 31km)
  • 1º Trofeo Kima (Italy, 50km)
  • 3º Tromsö Skyrace (Norway, 42km)
  • 1º The Rut (USA, 50km)
  • 1º Kilómetro Vertical The Rut (USA)
  • 2º Limone Extreme (Italy, 23km)
  • 1º Kilómetro Vertical Limone (Italy)

Ski Mountaineering

Runner-up Ski Mountaineering World Cup

Races:

  • 1º Verbier, individual (World Cup)
  • 3º Verbier, vertical race (World Cup)
  • 16º Courchevel, vertical race (World Cup)
  • 1º Pitturina, individual (World Cup)
  • 1º Diablerets, individual (World Cup)
  • 1º Diablerets, vertical race (World Cup)
  • 4º Artic Race, individual (World Cup)

Trail Running

Sky Running World Cup Champion

Ultra Running World Cup Champion

Triple European Champion (Sky Running, Ultra Running, Vertical Kilometre)

Races:

  • 1º Transvulcania (Canary Islands, 87km)
  • 1º Zegama Aizkorri (Basque Country, 42km)
  • 1º Marathon du Mont Blanc (France, 42km)
  • 1º Ice Trail Tarentaise (France, 65km)
  • 1º KV Dolomiti (Italia, 2,2km, Vertical Kilometre European Championship)
  • 1º Dolomiti Skyrace (Italia, 22km, Skyrunning European Championship)
  • 1º Trans d’Havet (Italia 80km, Ultra Trail European Championship)
  • 1º Matterhorn Ultraks (Switzerland, 42km)
  • 1º UROC (USA, 100km)
  • 1º Limone Extreme (Italy, 23,5km)
  • 21º Grand Raid Réunion (Reunion Island, 170km)

Ski mountaineering

Gold Medal Vertical Race - Pelvoux Ski Mountaineering World Cup

Bronze Medal Individual Race - Pelvoux Ski Mountaineering World Cup

Races:

  • 1º Alpiniski (World Cup)
  • 3º Ahrtal (World Cup)
  • 2º Mezzalama (Mathéo Jacquemoud and William Bon Mardion)
  • Mundiales Pelvoux (Vertical Race, Individual, Relay and Team)

Trail Running

Sky Running World Cup Champion

Ultra Running World Cup Champion

Races:

  • 1º Becca di Nona (Italy, 30km)
  • 1º Dolomites Skyrace (Italy, 22km)
  • 1º Grand Raid Réunion (Reunion Island, 170km)
  • 1º Trofeo Kima (Italy, 50km)
  • 1º Kinabalu (Malasia, 23km)
  • 1º Marathon du Mont Blanc (France, 42km)
  • 1º Pikes Peak Marathon (USA, 42km)
  • 1º Speedgoat (USA, 50km)
  • 3º Transvulcania (Canary Islands, 87km)
  • 1º Zegama Aizkorri (Basque Country, 42km)
  • 1º Cavalls del Vent (Catalonia, 82km)

Ski mountaineering

Champion of Spain

Second place in European Individual Race

European Champion Vertical Race

Races:

  • European Championships (Vertical Race, Individual, Relays and Teams)
  • 1º Boï (Spanish Championship)
  • 1º Cronoespot (Spanish Championship)
  • 1º Crononiu (Spanish Championship)
  • 1º Vertical Race Trofeo Etna y segundo en la Carrera Individual Etna (World Cup)
  • 1º vertical race Pyramide (World Cup)
  • 2º Marmotta (World Cup)
  • 1º Font Blanca (World Cup)
  • 13º Artic Race (World Cup)
  • 1º Mountain Attack
  • 1º Tour du Rutor (Mathéo Jacquemoud)
  • 1º Patrouille des Glaciers (Mathéo Jacquemoud and William Bon Mardion)
  • 7º Pierra Menta (Marc Pinsach)
  • 1º Patrouille de la Maya (Alexis Sevennec and Valentin Favre)

Trail Running

Skyrunning European Champion

Races:

  • 1º Giir di Mont (Italy, 42km)
  • 1º Mount Kinabalu (Malasia, 23km)
  • 1º TNF 100K Australia (Australia, 100km)
  • 3º Sierre Zinal (Switzerland, 31km)
  • 1º Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (France, 170km)
  • 1º Western States (USA, 100km)
  • 1º Zegama Aizkorri (Basque Country, 42km)
  • 1º Table Mountain Challenge (37km, South Africa)

Ski mountaineering

Triple World Champion (Vertical Race, Individual, Sprint)

World Cup Winner

Races:

  • 1º Pierra Menta (Didier Blanc)
  • 1º Mezzalama (Didier Blanc and William Bon Mardion)
  • 1º Pelvoux (World Cup)
  • 1º Transcavallo (World Cup)
  • 1º Marmotta (World Cup)
  • 5º Zakopane (World Cup)

Trail Running

Races:

  • 1º Grand Raid Réunion (Reunion Island 170km)
  • 1º Zegama Aizkorri (Basque Country, 42km)
  • 1º Giir di Mont (Italy, 42km)
  • 1º Sierre Zinal (Switzerland, 31km)
  • 1º Troffeo Kima (Italy, 50km)
  • 1º Olla de Núria (Catalonia)
  • 3º Western States (USA, 160km)
  • 1º K42 Argentina (Argentina, 42km)

Ski Mountaineering

World Cup Champion

Gold Medal Vertical Race World Championships

Silver Medal Individual Race World Championships

Triple Champion of Spain (Vertical Race, Team and Individual)

Races:

  • 1º Formigal Individual Race(Spanish Championship)
  • 1º Sierra Nevada Vertical Race (Spanish Championship)
  • 1º Núria Team Race (Spanish Championship)
  • 1º Trofeo dell Etna (World Cup)
  • 1º Pila (World Cup)
  • 2º TransClautana (World Cup)
  • 7º Gastlosen (World Cup)
  • 1º Grand Béal (World Cup)
  • 12º a la Dolomiti Di Brenta (World Cup)
  • 4º Patrouille des Glaciers (Marc Pinsach)
  • 1º Pierra Menta (Florent Troillet)

Trail Running

Sky Running World Cup Champion

Races:

  • 1º Kinabalu (Malasia, 23km)
  • 1º Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (France, 170km)
  • 5º Valmalenco Valpochiavo (Italy, 31km)
  • 1º Andorra Skyrace (Andorra, 36km)
  • 1º Olla de Núria (Catalunya)
  • 1º Giir di Mont (Italy, 42km)
  • 1º Sierre Zinal (Switzerland, 31km)
  • 1º Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (France, 170km)
  • 1º Mount Kinabalu (Malasia, 23km) 

Ski mountaineering

Individual World Cup Champion

Champion of Spain

European Champion Vertical Race

Races:

  • 1º Civetta Ski Raid (World Cup)
  • 5º Valtellina Orobie (World Cup)
  • 1º Pyramide d’Oz (World Cup)
  • 2º Font Blanca (World Cup)
  • 1º Alpago Crono Climb (European Championship)
  • 2ª Alpago Relay  (European Championship)

Trail Running

Skyrunning World Cup Champion

Skyrunning European Champion

Skyrunning and Combined World Champion

Races:

  • 1º Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (France, 170km)
  • 1º Sentiero delle Grigne (Italy, 43km)
  • 1º Andorra Skyrace (Andorra, 36km)
  • 1º Zegama Aizkorri (Basque Country, 42km)
  • 1º Giir di Mont (Italy, 42km)
  • 1º Dolomiti Skyrave (Italy, 22km)
  • 2º Kilòmetre Vertical la Fully (France)

Ski mountaineering

Individual World Champion

Vertical Race World Champion

Espoir World Champion

Races:

  • Bronze individual race (World Cup Ski Mountaineering)
  • Bronze relay (World Cup Ski Mountaineering)
  • 4º Vertical Race (World Cup Ski Mountaineering)
  • 4º team race (World Cup Ski Mountaineering)
  • 16º individual race (World Cup Ski Mountaineering)
  • 1º Pierra Menta (Florent Troillet)
  • 3º overall position World Cup

Trail Running

Skyrunning World Champion

Races:

  • 1º Sentiero delle Grigne (Italy, 43km)
  • 1º Mount Kinabalu (Malasia, 23km)
  • 1º Zegama Aizkorri (Basque Country, 42km)
  • 1º Cuita al Sol (Catalonia, 5,4km)
  • 1º Andorra Skyrace (Andorra, 36km)
  • 1º Ontake Skyrace (Japan, 37km)
  • 1º Km Vertical La Fully (Andorra)
  • 1º Km Vertical Canillo-Grand Valira (Andorra)
  • 1º Vertical Race Grand Valira (Andorra)

Ski mountaineering

Grindelwald European Cup Winner

European Junior Champion (Individual, Relay and Vertical Race)