David Goettler and Kilian Jornet Turn Back on Everest

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Photo: David Göttler

No-O2 climbers David Goettler and Kilian Jornet have turned back on Everest.

According to Goettler’s social media, he pushed up from Camp 2, while Jornet left from Base Camp. They both climbed through the night and met on the South Col. They discussed continuing but Göttler explained that “both [Jornet and I] experienced the same sensation of not feeling well or strong. It was a bizarre moment when we regrouped at the South Col and told each other we were not OK.”

They agreed that it was best to stop and descend: “When the margins of safety are this slim, if one piece doesn’t fit, you don’t get to finish the puzzle,” Göttler said.

So far this season, there have been no confirmed Everest summits without bottled oxygen.

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glu
glu
11 days ago

Colin O’Brady, according to his tracker, reached the top and is now on the descent. He was aiming for a no O2 summit, so it’ll be interesting to see if that came through!

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Dave
Dave
11 days ago
Reply to  glu

O’Brady and his wife both summited with O2.

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Victor
Victor
11 days ago
Reply to  Dave

I thought his wife only accompanied him to camp 2

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Dave
Dave
11 days ago
Reply to  Victor

Seemingly changed her mind.

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Armchair O2 Climber
Armchair O2 Climber
11 days ago
Reply to  Dave

Next thing you know, his grandma or his pet wolf decides to climb Everest with O2 so he needs to “help” them. Big talk.

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MuddyBoots
MuddyBoots
10 days ago

Yawn. Wonder what his sponsors think about bailing on his big plans for a no Os traverse so he could accompany his wife up the fixed lines on O2, just like every other tourist.

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Marie
Marie
10 days ago
Reply to  MuddyBoots

They might actually like it because it’s a much more touching & heart-warming and therefore promotionally effective story than “just” climbing up there without O2 😉

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Dave
Dave
11 days ago

I thought they were going for a completely different route? Or did they decide on the normal South Col route in the end?

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Tadeo
Tadeo
11 days ago
Reply to  Dave

probably the other route was loaded with snow and they changed plans

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Pawel
Pawel
11 days ago
Reply to  Dave

Nobody knows what they wanted, and looks like that they didn’t know what they want too, so they just had a bit expensive holidays in the mountains 🙂

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Climber
Climber
11 days ago
Reply to  Pawel

Dont worry, the sponsors pay for the holidays 🤭

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Benny Smith
Benny Smith
11 days ago
Reply to  Pawel

Goettler and Jornet are top of the line athletes, they sure had a plan. I guess they thought it’s better to announce the true goal only when you are sure about your success. The “firsts” in high altitude mountaineering become more elusive each season.

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Last edited 11 days ago by Benny Smith
Paul
Paul
11 days ago
Reply to  Benny Smith

And this is why I wrote that even they didn’t know what they want to do. If you sure about what you want achieve, then you are not afraid to tell about it and you could fully focus on it. They played a childish game now with doing something, telling something but nothing concrete so it finished with nothing too.
It is nothing wrong to fail, you not have to always win, but looks like that Kilian has big problem with it.

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Blabla
Blabla
11 days ago

So Kilian Jornet couldn’t make his first Everest ascent after all..

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Paul
Paul
11 days ago
Reply to  Blabla

At last first confirmed and documented 😉

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Michael Fleenor
10 days ago
Reply to  Paul

I wanna go.

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jajo_majo
jajo_majo
10 days ago
Reply to  Blabla

didn’t he summit before? the one time he wondered on the north slopes when descending in a trans?

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Pawel
Pawel
10 days ago
Reply to  jajo_majo

He is claiming that he did, even twice. But there is no proof of it and some contradictions.

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Blabla
Blabla
10 days ago
Reply to  Pawel

He summited.. for the sponsors.
It’s even official.
Whether he did inded, I personally don’t believe it. Definitely not twice.
There is more proof that he didn’t than there is that he did.

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J Sparky
J Sparky
10 days ago
Reply to  jajo_majo

No.
Claimed it.
Then when he was called out for tracking data that showed otherwise, then briefly doubled down on claim until a million runners on Letsrun.com called BS so loudly he demured from original claims and now generally avoids the subject.
This current expedition/climb was supposed to help him get the monkey off his back so to speak.
Badass athlete, but has let self promotion and ego cloud his judgement occasionally.
Too bad, because he is truly a phenomenal athlete

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Gafudo
Gafudo
9 days ago
Reply to  Blabla

There is no proof that killian Jornet had climbed Everest. The time he was nearest of the summit was in 2017 when he reached 8650m as reported his track. However, in that occasion, he couldn’t recognize that he didn’t success because he didn’t want to disappoint all the fans that follow him from Spain… Since that time he is much more retrained with his plans..

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