2/19/15 - Less than two months after Kilian Jornet set a record for the ascent and descent of Aconcagua, the Ecuadoran-Swiss mountain runner Karl Egloff has reportedly set a bold new mark, going under 12 hours for the same route. Egloff’s team reported on Facebook that he did the round trip on the 22,841-foot peak in 11 hours 52 minutes, nearly an hour faster than the famed Spanish mountain runner.
Both Egloff and Jornet climbed Aconcagua by the normal route on the south side, starting at the Horcones trailhead and ascending 13,327 vertical feet in about 25 miles to reach the summit of the Western Hemisphere’s highest peak.
Egloff, 33, has competed in mountain races worldwide. In August 2014, he broke a four-year-old speed record on Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, beating another mark set by Jornet by more than 30 minutes. Egloff also holds the fastest known time for ascending and descending Cotopaxi, Ecuador’s second-highest mountain.
Date of ascent: February 19, 2015