Do you want to try and climb an Everest for yourself? Here are some useful tips that will help you to tackle the Everesting challenge.
- Choose a hill to Everest that is somehow important to you. The thought of being able to claim it as your own Everest will help you to stay motivated when the ride gets really tough.
- Choosing a hill in your vicinity will make it easier to arrange support from your friends and family.
- Make sure you can ride 10,000ft in a single attempt comfortably before you even seriously think about an Everest (This is tougher than it sounds.)
- Make sure the gearing on your bike is appropriate, this means it’s low enough. To tackle the challenge, you need to be able to ride each ascent without having to pedal too hard and as you tire, you’ll need the possibility of lower gears than you may imagine.
- Make a list of all the support riders you can think of to cycle with you, especially for later in the day when you’ll need support the most.
- Locate your support vehicle and refreshments toward the top of the hill, not to the bottom. The thought of refreshments at the top will help you stay motivated on each ascent and you’ll also have the chance to consume your drink or snack during the descent, when you’re not pedaling so
- Drink and eat often but in small quantities. Consume a really large variety of carbohydrate-rich foods as you’ll be stunned what your body needs and craves towards the top of an Everest. Save caffeinated drinks and similar for later in the ride when you’ll need the boost
- In your mind, make the halfway point of your Everesting challenge at 20,000ft, not 14,500ft.
- Don’t stop as soon as your GPS device shows an ascent of 29,002ft. They’re not always accurate and therefore add another 1,000ft or so to ensure you’ve really did it. The very last thing you want to discover once you get home is that you didn’t quite ascend the full 29,002ft!