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Jordi Tosas was nine years old when he started to go to the mountains. He was raised within a mountain culture that embodies strict and traditional mountaineering rules. For the last three decades, he has been a qualified mountain guide in the Alps and the Pyrenees. He has been on over thirty expeditions to the Himalaya and countless others around the world. A chance introduction to Kilian Jornet a few years ago led Jordi to completely relearn and reinvent his approach to the mountains.

Jordi Tosas was nine years old when he started to go to the mountains. He was raised within a mountain culture that embodies strict and traditional mountaineering rules. For the last three decades, he has been a qualified mountain guide in the Alps and the Pyrenees. He has been on over thirty expeditions to the Himalaya and countless others around the world. A chance introduction to Kilian Jornet a few years ago led Jordi to completely relearn and reinvent his approach to the mountains.

“I believe that, considering where we are right now with this fast and light Alpinism we're not breaking any rules. We're trying out a new form of very light mountaineering, a new form experiencing the mountain in a very light way. At this stage it's simply a test. This test could go really well, or it could turn out to be a mistake and it will simply not be useful. I don't think that will happen - I'm completely convinced that we're on the other side, that this test will lead us to see that you can climb Everest in one day without too much effort.” [Jordi Tosas] Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

We've always wanted to go faster and we've always wanted to be lighter. In my years climbing with Jordi Corominas, the idea of reducing the material we carried was always with us. I think it was the legendary Gaston Rébuffat, the inventor of so many things, who said, "When you're preparing your rucksack, make a pile. From this pile, take away the things you don't need. The pile is already smaller. And from this new pile, only take what is absolutely essential. That's what goes in your rucksack." Rébuffat is from the last century and he's doing “Fast and Light” in this sentence. It's beautiful to see it. It's not something of our time. [Jordi Tosas] Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

“Brands are helping us to carry lighter material. There are companies who have listened to us closely, they really came up to us and said, "What do you need? That? OK, let's try and see if we can do it.” Carrying a 500g jacket is very different to carrying an 80g one. Now we are able to carry everything we need for our safety in a very small rucksack that weighs very little. When I worked as a guide in the Alps, I used to work with a 10kg or 12kg rucksack, and today I work as a guide with a 4kg - 5kg rucksack. And I carry absolutely everything I need in terms of safety. This rapid evolution of the material has allowed us to be much faster and much lighter.” [Jordi Tosas] Photo: Dean Leslie

“Obviously we've not invented anything new. Jordi Corominas has said this to Kílian already many times, "Look, kid, even before you started running, we were already running up the Maladeta, because we'd seen (Reinhold) Messner training in the Dolomites and because (Wojciech) Kurtyka was running who-knows-where, because (Erhard) Loretan and (Sonnie) Trotter were doing this, that and the other. It is simply an evolution. We already were fast and light before. It's just that now we're much more so.” [Jordi Tosas] Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

“Since meeting Kilian, he has quickly become a reference point for me. He's a very young kid, but he has a "punk" spirit. As a mountaineer, as a climber, the word doesn't matter much to me, I have gone back to the basics, and Kilian, as a runner, has gone back to the basics, and between the two we attempt the mountain without masses of ropes, without traditional climbing boots, very fast, not fast in terms of time but in terms of giving it all you've got in every moment. We have gone back to creating our own form of mountaineering, our own mountain, and our own way of crossing the mountains.” [Jordi Tosas] Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

Mountaineering is like a watch. Inside the watch there are many pieces that move, many little wheels and if they don't all move, the watch doesn't work. So mountaineering is the synergy of infinite worlds that turn round inside there. Whether you climb on rock or ice, or you ski, or you snowboard, or you run, or you do bouldering, it's everything at the same time. Mountaineering is the mountain in all its totality. I can't understand the mountain without understanding it all together. For me, if there's no synergy between the activities, there's no mountaineering. [Jordi Tosas] Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

The Alps for me was a mountain range that I lived and grew up in since I was 16, or around that age, since the beginning of my career as a mountaineer; And Chamonix is a very special place for me in the sense that when I was 16, climbing the North face of the The Grandes Jorasses was a dream. And when I achieved that dream, well, some things stay with you forever. When you're young and you achieve a climbing goal that was difficult for you, it really binds you to that place. [Jordi Tosas] Photo: Dean Leslie

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