Ridge Running in the Midnight Sun Will Terrify You

Follow Seb Montaz as he ventures on a frightening midnight run during summer solstice.
By Evan David

Filmmaker Seb Montaz isn’t just a cameraman — he’s also an athlete. While filming ultra-running legend Kilian Jornet training at his home in Norway, Montaz decided to get a little exercise himself — at around 11 p.m. Of course, at latitudes this far north, the sun doesn’t set until about 1 a.m. "We were working on our video between 9 a.m. and 2 a.m. — that’s when you’re getting the best light," said Montaz.

Land of the Midnight Sun © © Seb Montaz

The run took him 3,281 feet up the peak known as Kongen, a short distance away from the famous Trollstigvegen tourist road. While the run didn’t take place exactly on the longest day of the year, it was pretty darn close — enough for it be bright as day at midnight. He goes there every year at the same time. "You get to enjoy the most of your days by not sleeping," says Montaz. "The light is always there. But it has to be a short stay, because you start to go crazy!"

And after this little midnight jaunt, what did Montaz do? He headed home to charge the batteries —  literally and figuratively — then woke up at six in the morning to do it all again.

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