Everesting included In 4th Annual Challenge January 1, 2020‘Everesting’ involves riding consecutive laps on a chosen hill/mountain/col/berg, up and down, until the rider’s cumulative ascent reaches 29,029 feet – the height of Mount Everest. The ride has to be done in a continuous push i.e. you can stop briefly and repeatedly to eat, drink, etc., but you can’t go to sleep. No matter which climb you choose to attempt, it’s likely to be a 20 – 24 hour effort and a defining test of physical and mental endurance. A test as significant as this is befitting of an addition to the Maryland Endurance Challenge. Challenge organizers have worked with local climbing aficinados, Sean De Luna and Todd Whitman, to devise a route that is the optimal climb for Everesting riders, a route that runs along Gambrill Park Road and ascends in to beautiful Gambrill State Park. Named “Climb To The Clouds”, the Challenge’s Everesting event also includes intermediary ascents as well – Mt. Fuji at 12,388 feet, and Denali at 20,308 feet. Any option will require mind over matter. Climb To The Clouds will take place on Sunday, May 17th. The Origin of Everesting As far as anyone knows, credit for the first successful Everesting attempt goes to cyclist and mountaineer George Mallory, grandson of George Mallory, the British mountaineer who disappeared on Everest in 1924. Seventy years later, the younger Mallory was training to climb Everest himself and rode 10 laps up Mt. Donna Buang, a 4,000-foot peak in Australia’s Victorian Alps. “Riding Everest on a bike and climbing the mountain are substantially different, of course,” said Mallory. “Everest by bike is, in my experience, physically harder than any one day on Everest.” In terms of physicality and mental taxation, Everesting is to cycling what mountainous ultras like Badwater or Hardrock 100 are to running.