Cumulate 8 meters of positive vertical drop by bike on the climb of your choice, and in a single outing… The Everest Challenge is a sizeable challenge, even for seasoned climbers.
C 'is George Mallory, grandson of the climber of the same name, who unknowingly performed the first Everesting. He indeed prepared his ascent of Mount Everest, by making eight consecutive ascents by bicycle of Mount Donna Buang, in the Victorian Australian Alps. Everesting was then born. The rules of the challenge were then refined by George Mallory and Andy van Bergen. They worked on it for twenty years, until the principle became the one we know today. The first Everest Challenge official was carried out in 2014. The principle of the challenge is simple. The athlete must climb a single face in a single climb of his choice, back and forth, in one go and without sleeping!
A successful launch in 2014
On February 28, 2014, Andy Van Bergen invites 120 athletes to take up the challenge. 65 of them will accept it, and only 40 will go to the end. Since that day, many athletes have attempted the feat. A few months after the launch, Robert Charbonnier became the first French Everester. He completed 22 climbs of Mont Chauve d'Aspremont during the night of November 7 to 8, 2014. In 2015, Peter Arnott will perform the first double Everesting on Henley Road. To do this, he covered 456 kilometers and 17 vertical meters, in 769 hours and 43 minutes.
Achievements around the world
Athletes from Australia and the UK are the biggest fans of the challenge. But today, the trend has spread around the world. The confinement period due to the COVID-19 pandemic was also an opportunity to honor the challenge. Several professional runners have performed virtual Everesting on the Swift simulator. Giulio Ciccone, Mark Cavendish and Luke Rowe have exceeded 10m of vertical drop. James Piccoli has climbed Mount Royal 000 times. He thus raised funds for caregivers engaged in the fight against the virus.
A precise regulation
The route can be done on any hill, mountain or climb, of any length, as long as there is a correct vertical drop. The route cannot be a loop. It is necessary to make round trips. To be validated each ascent must be completed. Each repetition should be up and down. You must also save the entire route on the app. For the challenge to be approved, it is necessary to use a GPS meter with barometric altitude and a Strava account. It is possible to push beyond 8 meters to reach 848 meters. The trip will then be qualified as Everesting 10K. In the case of a double challenge, the runner can benefit from one or more breaks to sleep but they must not exceed the 000 hours accumulated by Everest carried out at the end of the first.
Preparing for the Everest Challenge
Before preparing for your challenge, it is important to validate the relevance of the planned route. To be sure that the route is eligible, it may be useful to check it on the Everesting calculator. The challenge is a climber's challenge. The calculator is therefore provided with a built-in control over descent altitude gain or kinetic gain. The idea is to avoid "free counters". To prepare as well as possible, it is possible to register for free on the site Everesting. You will thus benefit from guides for logistical, physical, nutritional and mental preparation.
« The concept of Everesting is very simple: Pick any hill, anywhere in the world and repeat it in one activity until you climb to 8848 meters - the equivalent height of Mount Everest. Take the challenge and you will find your name in the Hall of Fame, alongside the best climbers in the world. "