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Kilian Jornet running beneath the Northern Lights

November 30 2017

Night trail running

On a long November night, ultrarunner Kilian Jornet trains on a never-ending knife-edge ridge overlooking the dark fjords. Way up high, during the frigid windy night, Kilian attempts to make the aurora borealis appear.

The aurora borealis

The aurora borealis (also known as the Northern Lights) and the aurora australis are a natural phenomenon created through the interaction between charged particles of the solar wind and the upper atmosphere. The auroras occur primarily in those regions close to the magnetic poles (source Wikipedia). You can plan for this incredible phenomenon by following the aurora forecast on websites like Aurora-service.eu.

 

View photos from the film shoot

The camera crew focuses on filming the introduction.

 

Behind the scenes: to make sure the work is done right you need to cart an entire photo studio into the mountains.

 

Behind the scenes: photographer Marc Daviet in action, looking for the perfect moment.

 

Found it. Marc Daviet's photo.

 

Running at night is always a magical experience… The dark ever so slightly alters our perception of reality and the surrounding environment.

 

Follow Kilian on Instagram.

 

Postscript:

This film used special effects. Unfortunately, the NAO+ cannot make the aurora borealis appear… 
• Don't worry, your headlamp will still work even if your phone battery dies!
You can still use your NAO+ headlamp without a smartphone and without the MyPetzl Light application.
 

 


To learn more:

Tips for running at night from Seb Chaigneau, Kilian Jornet, Fernanda Maciel, and Jared Campbell.
• Information on the NAO+ headlamp.
How to use the MyPetzl Light application (for the NAO+ and REACTIK+).
Regular or rechargeable batteries? Tips from Petzl on choosing the right energy source for your headlamp.