A Long Day Out

Kilian Jornet stars in the short documentary “A long day out”, an adventure within anyone’s reach.


Running time

12 minutes

Our Judges say:

If you haven't heard of Killian Journet, he's one of the best mountain runners in the world, and a crazily skilled mountaineer. This film shows off his talents with insane POV shots as he scrambles up rock faces, navigates exposed ridges, and skids down snow slopes for days on end. Terrifying and brilliant.

Anna Paxton

The skill on this guy is insane and we see it all POV

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Athlete shot experience of nonchalant endurance!

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Kilian Jornet stars in the short documentary “A long day out”, an adventure within anyone’s reach. The video, shown on a Youtube premiere, features an excursion which the runner begins from his house in Norway and takes him on a tour of the mountains of the Romsdal Fjord. Through Kilian Jornet’s testimony and an innovative use of graphics, the viewer will discover that the greatest adventures can sometimes be enjoyed at home.

Over 56 hours, Kilian completes an adventure of 168 kilometres with a vertical gain of 22,000 metres. The runner uses basic climbing and skiing equipment: a harness, a self-locking carabiner, ski poles, various ropes and an ice axe. His budget was €72 for water, food and energy bars. In other words, Kilian devoted €1 per hour to this great adventure. Even though the figures Kilian talks about seem to be from another planet, he explains: “There is no need to go far from home or spend a lot of money to enjoy a great experience. Sometimes it’s enough to put on your trainers, grab your rucksack, open your door and start running until you get tired. This is how we get to experience a great adventure, discovering our own surroundings, with the equipment that we have available”.

The journey, which took more than two days, and in which Kilian slept for just one and a half hours, has as one of its main attractions, Norway’s midnight sun. This is when, between April and August, the sun stays out for almost 24 hours a day. This creates paradoxical, surprising images where Kilian can be seen running at two in the morning, with sunlight projecting onto the rugged Scandinavian mountains.