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The Everest Challenge

  • 14 Feb 2022 6:53 PM
    Message # 12599879

    I have a previous post about doing an Everest attempt (8,848m/29,029ft of elevation in single activity) and have had some interest in both trying the challenge and supporting the riders attempting the challenge. I am asking Chuck to add this to the calendar for Saturday April 30th with a rain date of May 7th. 

    Quoted from the previous message board from Michael Schumm

    "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.....
    • 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."

    Elkwallow is a picnic area and is at the bottom of the climb which makes it a perfect place to setup. 

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

    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. If you complete the challenge you can purchase one of the most coveted kits anywhere and become part of the few that have completed it. 

    The rules for an Everest are here RIDE RULES - EVERESTING

    The riders will need crew to help them with food and drink and keeping them safe. So not only do we need riders that want to attempt the challenge but we need people to SAG and cheerlead also. 

    I will be planning on a couple of training days in March and April on the hill to prepare. I hope that others will join me on these days as well as the challenge. 


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