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'Skyrunner' Christian Stangl breaks ascent records by climbing with, well, almost nothingChristian Stangl after 'skyrunning' to the top of Everest.
Carrying just a ski pole and a small backpack filled with carbohydrate gels, salted cookies and rosehip tea, Stangl summited the tallest mountain of them all, Everest, in under 17 hours, a new speed record.Stangl conquered all Seven Summits in just 58 hours total climbing time, and now he's setting his sights on a record speed climb of K2. He was thwarted last year by the massive serac fall that killed 11 climbers. Mind you, K2 has already killed an Italian skier.
Stangl's climbing ethos has been described as pure mountaineering, but he calls it skyrunning. With hardly any equipment, no supplementary oxygen and no company, his approach is to insure against the grave dangers of high-altitude climbing by traveling light and getting up and back down the mountain before the weather deteriorates or his body begins to struggle from oxygen starvation.