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Who wants to try an Everest

  • 18 Aug 2021 9:49 PM
    Message # 10940714

    An Everest is a challenge in which you must climb 29028 feet ( the height of Mt Everest) doing repeats on the same hill over an over. It is one of the toughest challenges in cycling. 

    The concept of Everesting is fiendishly simple: Pick any hill, anywhere in the world and complete repeats of it in a single activity until you climb 8,848m – the equivalent height of Mt Everest.

    I am a terrible climber but this challenge intriques me and it would be fun to have a group attempt it together and have others to crew and cheer the group on.

    It could be on Skyline drive and be a great social event for everyone and a chance for cyclist to push the limits and join the club of cyclist that have completed it.

    Typical attempts take around 24 hours.

    Any interest? It could be planned for the Spring and make it a club event to be remembered. There is also a Basecamp challange which is half of the Everest.

    Let me know what you think!

    J Michael Phillips

  • 20 Aug 2021 6:12 PM
    Reply # 10944811 on 10940714

    I was actually just recently watching Ollie do his on GCN and was thinking I’d certainly like to add this to my bucket list. Don’t think I’d be ready until next Spring, but I would certainly like to give it a go.

    Ollie’s Everesting:

    https://youtu.be/xkegkO-7-N8

    -Andrew Lang

  • 20 Aug 2021 7:42 PM
    Reply # 10945005 on 10940714

    To provide some context to the challenge:

    If this were to be done on the 'Back of Hogback' climb from the Elkwallow wayside at MP23 at skyline:

    • Back of Hogback is 3 miles long with about 925' of elevation gain. It would take 32 ascents in order to Everest.
    • My median time up the climb is about 22 minutes and most of my descents are under 5 minutes.
    • So, taking a 5 minute break after each ascent (and assuming that the ascents would average the median time) that Everest would last just over 17 hours and be 192 miles long.

    If this were to be done on the 'Ascent to Dickey Ridge' climb from the Front Royal Entrance station at MP 0.5 at Skyline:

    • 'Ascent to Dickey Ridge' is 4 miles long with 1200' of elevation gain. It would take 25 ascents in order to Everest.
    • My median time up the climb is about 29 minutes and most of my descents are under 7 minutes.
    • So, taking a 5 minute break after each ascent(and assuming that the ascents would average the median time) that Everest would last just over 17 hours and be 200 miles long.

    Even at that, I think that only 5 minutes of break time per repeat is probably pretty short and the likelihood that I would average my median climb time is fairly small, so figure on more time as appropriate. The usual '24 hours' that was suggested is not unreasonable.

    Those are rides that J. Michael Phillips warms up on...

    --Mike

  • 20 Sep 2021 9:56 PM
    Reply # 11105389 on 10940714

    You can count me in on earning a Grey stripe. Been thinking about this challenge for awhile.  



  • 23 Sep 2021 4:12 AM
    Reply # 11112483 on 10940714

    RIDE RULES - EVERESTING

    Here is a link to the rules. I would like to see if we can plan this for the end of April or first of May 2022. 

    There is a basecamp challenge also which is half of and Everest. This could be a great club event and social gathering for the club.



  • 25 Sep 2021 10:58 PM
    Reply # 11120755 on 10940714

    Any thoughts on a segment?  

  • 26 Sep 2021 4:28 AM
    Reply # 11121546 on 10940714

    Steve, I think the one that Mike described for Elkwallow at mile 23 on Skyline Drive. The parking lot is at the bottom of the hill which makes it convenient for any one that comes to help or set up food and water. Here is a strava listing of mine from earlier this year

    Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/963jc5qsRjb

  • 21 Oct 2021 9:16 PM
    Reply # 11736987 on 10940714
    Anonymous wrote:

    An Everest is a challenge in which you must climb 29028 feet ( the height of Mt Everest) doing repeats on the same hill over an over. It is one of the toughest challenges in cycling. 

    The concept of Everesting is fiendishly simple: Pick any hill, anywhere in the world and complete repeats of it in a single activity until you climb 8,848m – the equivalent height of Mt Everest.

    I am a terrible climber but this challenge intriques me and it would be fun to have a group attempt it together and have others to crew and cheer the group on.

    It could be on Skyline drive and be a great social event for everyone and a chance for cyclist to push the limits and join the club of cyclist that have completed it.

    Typical attempts take around 24 hours.

    Any interest? It could be planned for the Spring and make it a club event to be remembered. There is also a Basecamp challange which is half of the Everest.

    Let me know what you think!

    J Michael Phillips


  • 21 Oct 2021 9:29 PM
    Reply # 11737355 on 10940714

    Mike

    I am a definite maybe.  Having  a spring time goal to motivate through the god forsaken winter training days alone will be worth a definitely maybe commitment. 

    -Todd Wunderly

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