“Déjame Vivir” or, translated into english “Let me live” is the second installment in the “Summits of my life” series about Kilian Jornet.
Kilian has been a household name in Ultrarunning in Europe for a while now but I only found out about him last year when I started seeing trailers for the first installment of his “Summits of my life” series, called “A fine line” bubbling to the top of my news feed.
It instantly grabbed my attention because here was a guy, wearing basic running clothes, bouncing along precipitous ridge crests with ease without any of the modern accoutrements that mountain goers use, such as crampons, ice axes, helmets, etc.
There was something mesmerizing about the purity of an individual, unencumbered, moving swiftly over technical terrain that drew me in and made me take note of this person.
“Déjame Vivir” covers Kilians exploits in 2013, centering mostly on his goal to break the speed record on the Matterhorn. Were the first installment “A fine line” introduced Kilian and explained his upbringing and motivations, this second installment does an excellent job of filling out the details about what keeps him driven now and how he lives day to day.
What the viewer learns is that Kilian is not a man driven by ego or competition or fame but by a childlike curiosity to simply explore. To simply be in the mountains and see what can be accomplished with the human body.
We are introduced to his circle of friends, his girlfriend, the equally talented Emelie Forsberg and close friend, the 22 year old, Mathéo Jacquemoud, who has the face of a 12 year old but the Ski Mountaineering skills of a veteran. Mathéo also has a hilarious Grandmother who downplays his skyrunning as “going for a walk with friends”.
Throughout the documentary we are given a brief overview of the history of Skyrunning in Europe, Kilians interest in it and the exploits of one Bruno Brunod, the athlete who originally set the speed record on the Matterhorn. Kilian admired Brunos achievements from a young age and wishes to repeat them himself.
The culmination of Kilians year of racing, skyrunning and training on the Matterhorn is his attempt to beat Brunos record in the last act. The footage is simply amazing and Kilians POV video from running along the knife edge ridge towards the summit is dizzying. I don’t believe I blinked once while watching Kilian descend from the summit in an almost free fall along the fixed ropes on the route.
The documentary left me wanting more and inspired me to push myself further and expect more from my abilities in the mountains and the wild.
I highly recommend this documentary. The entire length of it is amazing but the last 10 minutes or so are simply astounding. Watch it!
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