Video: An Epic Transalp Speed Attempt on Skis

Almost exactly one year ago, mountain athlete Benedikt Böhm embarked on an attempt to set a new speed record for skiing across the Alps between Ruhpolding in German and Kasern in Italy. The route is approximately 210 km (130 miles) in length and features more than 10,000 meters (32,808 feet) of vertical gain. Typically, it requires good athletes 3-5 days to complete the journey, but Böhm’s goal was to do it in 36 hours. What followed was an epic challenge that required speed, athleticism, and endurance. It also serves as a good distraction when we’re not getting out into the mountains ourselves at the moment.