At Lymbus we work with top athletes such as Kilian Jornet. Our aim is to accompany them and help them in their sporting career. For years we have collaborated on Kilian's Himalayan expeditions, either to create audiovisual material for projects or to manage all the logistics of the trip.
It has been a very intense project, with many key moments both for the Lymbus team installed in the Himalayas and for those of us in Barcelona who followed the evolution: trips, stopovers, acclimatisation rounds, excursions, cyclones, rainfall and the exhaustive monitoring of the health situation in the country in order to foresee possible changes to the original plan.
Previous experiences have taught us that it is key to have one person from the team on the ground. Day by day we communicated with her through a whatsapp group: by message or voice note she gave us an update on how the day had gone, she sent us photographic material and together we wrote an expedition diary. We share with you some fragments of it:
Day 18. 12 May
These days are for resting and waiting for the push. For them it is difficult to stay still and wait while they see that other expeditions are making the summit. However, they are constantly reminding themselves to wait and not to be nervous because their plan is not the same as that of a commercial expedition and they have to rest and wait for a good spell of good weather.
Today they have planned a bit of a push: the idea of Kilian and David is to go to the base camp on Sunday and prepare things to leave from there on Monday [...].
Each part of the team acclimatised at their own pace. While Kilian and David Göettler, his partner in this adventure, acclimatized quickly ascending and descending in order to have time to rest properly, we started a few weeks earlier and at a different pace ascending to over 5,400m.
When we finished our acclimatisation rounds, we set up base camp in Pheriche, a small village at over 4,200m. There we gathered to rest and plan our next steps. We did some climbing at Everest Base Camp, but we decided to stay in this village, as we noticed a huge difference between resting at 4,000m and 5,000m altitude.
Our daily routine was based on long hikes to keep in shape, to sort out all the audiovisual content, to review the weather.... From there we also followed Kilian and David's altitude acclimatisation rotations through communications and GPS tracks until the last few weeks when we moved to Everest base camp to experience the push the athletes wanted to do more closely.
As we spent more days at Base Camp we realised the difference between our expedition, small and with only the bare essentials, and the other expeditions.
One of the pillars of Lymbus is to grow outdoor in a responsible way: we want to raise awareness of the outdoors, but also work to be as sustainable as we can. Many of you already know Kilian's fast&light philosophy, which David also shares. For Kilian the material is very important, but not only technical material is important for today's athlete, there is much more!
The weekend of the push, the team that was in Catalonia gathered in Cerdanya to follow Kilian's evolution. We connected the computer to the television and followed his progress from one base camp to another while we shared some pizzas. We drew on paper the expected times of passage through each point and set a few hours when it would be possible to get news from the Himalayas. At around 3 o'clock in the morning we saw that Kilian was starting to retrace his steps and at 4:00 AM the team there confirmed that he had decided to return to base camp.
At Lymbus we work to help our athletes to grow and achieve their goals. We accompanied and helped Kilian in everything that was necessary.