Fastest known time on Ama Dablam for Matheo Jacquemoud

©Mathéo Jacquemoud

French mountain guide Mathéo Jacquemoud broke the speed record for climbing Ama Dablam (6812 meters, Nepal) from base camp and back, in 6h23min and 24s, this Friday, October 20, 2023. A new FKT on this iconic nepalese summit.

It’s a new speed record or Fastest Known Time for the skier-mountaineer and mountain guide from France. Mathéo Jacquemoud, 33, climbed Ama Dablam (6812 meters, Nepal) and back from base camp at 4600 meters above sea level in 6 hours 23 minutes and 24 seconds, according to a social media release from the Himalaya Vision agency.

After setting off from base camp at 4600 meters above sea level, he reached the summit at 9:59 a.m. on Friday, October 20, 2023, after 2200 meters of ascent.

The two-time winner of the Pierra Menta (in 2013 with William Bon Mardion and in 2016 with Kilian Jornet Burgada), achieved this record in alpine style, despite the mountain being very well equipped.

Mathéo Jacquemoud most recently distinguished himself alongside Benjamin Védrines in May 2022 when they crossed the Mont-Blanc massif (70km, 7300D+) in less than 24 hours.

Samuel Equy – Mathéo Jacquemoud /Pierra Menta 2023 ©Jocelyn Chavy

Jacquemoud in the footsteps of Cazzanelli

This performance takes us back to 2019 and the previous record set by Italian guide and mountaineer François Cazzanelli, who reached the summit in 5 hours 32 minutes, but would not return to base camp until 8 hours 07 minutes after leaving it, due to a climber’s rescue.

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