Have you ever wondered how high you climb in a year of walking? Make 2017 the year you find out, with Trail’s new challenge...
So, the first question: what exactly is the Everest Anywhere challenge? Well, every time you have a day out in the hills, you come home with a certain number of metres of ascent under your belt – the vertical distance you cover with all the uphill steps you take to land you on the summits of your favourite hills. So this year Trail and top gear brand Marmot are challenging you to see if you can clock up an ascent that matches the height of Everest – at least – and to share with us the moment you get there!
Can I even do that?
Everest is 8848m tall. That’s 29,029ft – the cruising altitude of a 747, the bottom of the stratosphere... and several vertical miles higher than anything in Britain. Sounds like a lot of ascent? Well, it’s not actually as much as you’d think. Climbing Snowdon via the Pyg Track from Pen-y-Pass involves 800m of vertical ascent. That’s nearly a tenth of the height of Everest, and a decent day’s hillwalking for most. Some days you might cover 500m of ascent. Other days
might see as much as 1700m. So with a bit of dedication, that magic 8848m mark is achievable and you could be saying: “I’ve climbed the height of Everest!” sooner than you think. Wonder where you’ll be when you reach it?!
Every ascent counts
The really great thing? When you can’t get to the mountains you can still do it – pretty much anywhere. Carnoustie. Kettering. Hampstead Heath. Haywards Heath. Yeovil. Your street. Anywhere there is a bit of uphill. It doesn’t have to be much; but it all counts towards your Everest total! And if you do reach the magic 8848m mark, why stop there?
See how many Everests you can bag in 12 months. If you’d told record-breaking UK mountaineer Alan Hinkes to stop at Everest, he wouldn’t have gone on to be the first and only Briton to climb all 14 of the world’s 8000m
peaks. That’s a combined height of 115,987m. So the sky is literally the limit! Could you be the first Everest Anywhere challenger to climb 8848m? Sign up now and see!
HOW IT WORKS
Get signed up...
This will get you access to a great source of inspiration and resources, and plug you in to everyone else out there doing the challenge. There are two progress trackers available (see above) – one to log daily ascent, another to record your hillwalking achievements. You can download both NOW for free here.
...then get walking!
Work out your total ascent from each route and input it into the tracker to calculate your running total. Compare your progress with other Everest Anywhere challengers, and see how high you can get and who will be the first to reach the height of Everest. The website also contains lots of info on routes, access to the Everest Anywhere community, messages from our ambassador, competitions to win great Marmot kit, and much more. You can also cut out milestone cards, which you can photograph and share in a selfie the moment you hit their heights, using the hashtag #wheresyoureverest
This is Everest Anywhere mascot Marv the Marmot. Marv is an Alpine Marmot on holiday in the UK, and he’s doing Trail’s Everest Anywhere challenge as a way of exploring the hills his Alpine cousins are missing out on. Marv is about to have a busy year – find out what Marv is up to at #wheresmarmotmarv
10 REASONS TO SIGN UP TO THE HIGHEST CHALLENGE YOU'LL DO THIS YEAR...
1. IT’S A GREAT EXCUSE...
...(as if you needed one!) to get out in the hills more. And the more uphill, the better!
2. YOU CAN DO IT ANYWHERE
When you can’t get to the hills (and we all have those days) you can log ascent around your neighbourhood.
Any uphill counts – think of it as bringing a bit of the mountains to your doorstep.
3. IT'S FREE
...like all the best things in life.
4. IT WILL TAKE YOU PLACES YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO GO
Clocking up ascent isn't the only reason we go to the hills, and it's not the only reason to sign up for this challenge. It's the experiences you have along the way that make this worth doing – that's what makes the great outdoors so much better than a gym. Make sure you get some 'ambition' peaks onto your planner, and tick off something truly great this year.
5. IT’S GREAT FOR YOUR HEALTH AND FITNESS
Walking uphill is superb cardiovascular exercise, builds stamina and tones muscle. And as far as mental health goes, research has shown that exposure to the outdoors reduces stress levels, improves attention spans in children and reduces the likelihood of depression. They call it ecotherapy - we call it a weekend in the hills.
6. YOU CAN MAKE IT AS SOCIAL OR SOLITARY AS YOU LIKE
Make it a family challenge, or challenge your pals. Go it alone or share your achievements on social media using the hashtag #wheresyoureverest – or just set a personal goal you want to achieve for yourself. Signing up makes it official: from there it's up to you!
7. ITS ACHIEVABLE...
If you're used to knocking off 1000m hill days – the Snowdon horseshoe, say, or the ascent of Ben Nevis – you could knock off an Everest in the space of 8-9 hill days. Toss a few easier days in the mix - or the odd harder one - and you could make your challenge span a decent trip to the hills every month. And if you can't manage that, try upping the ante over a weekend of big ascents, or a tough backpacking route.
8. ...BUT NOT EASY...
Break it down and you can climb the height of Everest in a year by doing just 170m a week – but if you live in a flat place, that may take a bit of effort. Either way, you'll be out walking more, and that can't be a bad thing.
9. ...AND CAN BE AS BIG AS YOU LIKE!
There are some people who climb all the Munros over their lifetime and consider that pretty good going – we certainly would. Then there are those who climb all of them again and again, clocking up round after round. So if you're of a mind to really challenge yourself, you could be an ultimate Everest Anywhere challenge by bagging more than one. See how many Everests you can climb in 12 months – and make sure you keep in touch!
10. IT WILL PUT YOU ON TOP OF THE WORLD
We know you're not really climbing Everest, with the altitude and the hypoxia and the danger of avalanches and storms. But imagine being able to say "I've climbed the height of Everest this year" using the noble hills of your homeland? Whoever you are, that's pretty cool. So what are you waiting for? Sign up now!