Mathéo Jacquemoud beats the existing record for climbing Mont-Blanc
Ski mountaineering champion Mathéo Jacquemoud set a new record of 5 hrs and 6 mins for the return climb of Mont-Blanc on 14th May 2013.
He set off from the church in the centre of Chamonix (1,037m) at 5h45 in the morning carrying all his gear as the first hour was on foot before reaching the snow. He took 4 hours to cover the 3,773m of positive elevation to the summit. The ski down took 1 hour and six minutes, back to the centre of Chamonix!
The previous record of 5 hours and 15 minutes was established in 2003 by Stéphane Brosse and Pierre Gignoux . Stéphane, triple world champion in ski mountaineering sadly died on 17th June 2012, at the age of 40, when a corniche gave way near the Aiguille d’Argentière. In a statement, Mathéo says of this new record that it goes way beyond the personal sports achievement “its a sort of personal homage to Stéphane Brosse who was a great friend and a childhood idol who inspired my dreams”.
At the age of 22, Mathéo is definitely the up and coming champion of ski mountaineering with already the world title to his name! This year he also won the prestigious Pierra Menta race which takes place in the Savoie. He regularly runs in the mountains with Kilian Jornet, several times winner of the UTMB (Ultra Trail of Mont-Blanc) and resident to the Chamonix Valley.
Some of you will remember having seen Matheo Jacquemoud, the incredible chamois, in Seb Montaz’ recent film “A Fine Line”. This is the first film of Kilian Jornet’s project “Summits of My Life” . Follow these two champions if you can, but you’ll need to be a fast runner!
Matthéo Jacquemoud is a member of the French National Ski Mountaineering team. He was accompanied on the Mont-Blanc climb by Thierry Galindo, team trainer and stopwatch holder!