High-altitude runner Kilian Jornet conquers Mount Everest, twice

In this image released by Lymbus, Kilian Jornet from Spain points towards Mount Everest in 2017. (Lymbus via AP)

By Joseph Wilson, The Associated Press, June 16, 2017 

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Their bodies and brains ravaged by the oxygen-scarce heights of the Himalayas, even the hardiest few who scale the treacherous slopes of Mount Everest cut short celebrations for some well-deserved rest.

Not Kilian Jornet.

Somehow, he still had some legs left.

“My plan was to go up one time,” Jornet told The Associated Press in a recent interview in Barcelona, a couple of hours south of his native Pyrenees. “When I was going down, I was like, ‘Hmm, we could have some days before we leave’ . I wanted to try to go back up again.”

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