THE RUN RULES

EVERESTING RUN RULES

 

CLIMB 8848m

Climb the height of Mt. Everest 8,848m / 29,029ft

SINGLE CLIMB

On the one climb, on any hill, anywhere in the world

ONE ACTIVITY

Run, walk, or climb in a single activity, with no time limit, and no sleep

 

THE RULES

Vertical Gain

– The 8,848m/29,029ft is taken as your total elevation gain.

–  If you are running your descent* and it includes a bit of climbing this still counts toward your total. You can do a rough calculation of your segment via the Everesting calculator.

*Unlike a cycling Everesting, you can seek alternate transport for the descent component of your run Everesting. See below for details.

Single Activity

– It does not matter how long your run takes, but it must be completed in one attempt (i.e. no sleeping in between). Breaks for meals etc. are fine. You can break for as long or as little as you like. Bear in mind break times add up quickly, and can add significantly to your elapsed time.

– An exception to the no-sleep requirement is if you are completing multiple Everestings in one activity. In this instance the first Everesting must still be completed with no sleep, however an allowance for up to 2 hours for each ‘subsequent’ Everesting exists. This 2 hour allowance is a total, so it can be taken as 1x 2hr sleep, 2x 1hr sleeps, 4x 30min sleeps etc. We will respect your integrity, and trust you on the use of this time. Please don’t break that trust! This allowance is to reduce the impact of sleep deprivation and ensure that you get back down off the mountain safely. As with single Everesting attempts please ensure that you have support on hand to assist in making an independent judgement call on your fatigue levels.

Single Climb

– Your chosen run segment can be of any length, on any hill, mountain, stairset, rockwall, or bridge. Essentially anything that has a vertical gain can be used to complete an Everesting.

– Your run must only focus on one hill or mountain per Everesting (e.g. you can’t base yourself in one location and run multiple hills). You cannot run different routes on the same mountain. If there are 4 routes, that means there are 4 possible ‘Everestings’ (think of it like the North and South face of Everest).

– All of the vertical gain must be on the same segment.

– Your climbs must be full ascents each time (Strava segments or the accepted ‘traditional’ climbing route will generally be the best guide for this. You can’t commit to a combination of full and half laps). Acceptable is a shorter segment of a climb if it is recognised in its own right. If in doubt, ask.

– Each repeat can either be run up and down, or alternatively you can save your knees and be transported down each lap. This can be by car, bus, shuttle, chairlift/gondola, lift, abseiling, or bike etc. You can pause your device if being transported to the bottom of each lap. In the case that you cannot be transported down along the same segment it is acceptable to be transported down an alternative road to the base of the segment to begin the climb again. 

Approved Devices

– Your run should be recorded with a dedicated GPS device which ideally has an altimeter or barometer. In the event of failure of one of these devices you can use a phone or non-barometric device. Please keep in mind these runs receive special scrutiny to ensure the 8,848m target was reached. You will need to verify the height gained by the number of repeats of the segment climbed.

– In the event that barometric pressure affects the height recorded leave the run in the original state and we can verify the height by the repeats of the segment that has been climbed.

– The best rule of thumb with recording devices is that we just need to be able to see how many repeats you have done of a segment for Hall of Fame verification.

Descending

– Each repeat can either be run up and down, or alternatively you can save your knees and be transported down each lap This can be by car, bus, shuttle, chairlift/gondola, lift, abseiling, or bike etc.

– In the case of an assisted descent it is acceptable to use an alternative route down to the start of the segment. Ie. if the segment is a running trail, the assisted descent can be via a car down a nearby road.

– You can pause your device if being transported to the bottom of each lap.

– Please note that ‘assisted descents’ only apply to running Everestings,
and not cycling Everestings.

– In the event of assisted transportation it is not acceptable to use that time to micro sleep or nap. Use this time to refuel!

 

THE GUIDELINES

Choosing the route

– Your run segment can be of any length, on any hill, mountain, stairset, scramble, rockwall, or bridge. Essentially anything that has a vertical gain can be used to complete an Everesting.

– Your run must only focus on one hill or mountain per everesting (e.g. you can’t base yourself in one location and run multiple hills). You cannot run different routes on the same mountain. If there are 4 routes, that means there are 4 possible ‘Everestings’ (think of it like the North and South face of Everest).

– The descent must be via the same road unless you are prevented from doing so (e.g. one-way street or one-way trail). In the event of an assisted ascent it is acceptable to use an alternative route down. ie. In the case of an assisted descent it is acceptable to use an alternative route down to the start of the segment. Ie. if the segment is a running trail, the assisted descent can be via a car down a nearby road.

– Your run must be full ascents each time (Strava segments or the accepted ‘traditional’ climbing route will generally be the best guide for this. You can’t commit to a combination of full and half laps). Acceptable is a shorter segment of a climb if it is recognised in its own right. If in doubt, ask.

– Get creative, your running Everesting doesn’t have to be on a trail. It could be on a road, staircase in a building, or even a rockclimb.

Calculating the elevation gain of a climb

– A great resource to help calculate your laps, work out approximate times, and any elevation gain on the descent is The Everesting Calculator. It’s not gospel, but it’s a pretty handy tool.

– Take caution when calculating your reps/laps based on Strava segments, as these only show ‘elevation difference’ and not ‘elevation gain’ (i.e. if your climb has a few descents you want to ensure you are calculating laps based on the total elevation gain, and not simply the difference between the base and summit). It is strongly suggested that you check the listed elevation gain against your own recording.

– A good method of ‘sense-checking’ your selected segment is to zoom in on the gradient profile. If it has a lot of jagged ‘saw-toothing’ but you know the climb is fairly consistent then there is a good chance your route contains bad data. If your chosen climb has a smooth gradient in real life, that’s what it should look like on the Strava segment too!

– It is our strong recommendation that on the day you run to a pre-determined amount of reps/laps, as opposed to the figure on your recording device, particularly on a day of weather changes. The purest and most accurate method of climbing 8,848m will always be to divide 8,848m by the amount of elevation on your carefully selected segment to give you the laps required.

Recording the attempt

– Your run should be recorded with a dedicated GPS device which ideally has an altimeter or barometer. In the event of failure of one of these devices you can use a phone or non-barometric device. Please keep in mind these runs receive special scrutiny to ensure the 8,848m target was reached. You will need to verify the height gained by the number of repeats of the segment climbed.

– In the event that barometric pressure affects the height recorded leave the run in the original state and we can verify the height by the repeats of the segment that has been climbed.

– The best rule of thumb with recording devices is that we just need to be able to see how many repeats you have done of a segment for Hall of Fame verification.

Create evidence to support your submission in the event of device recording failure

– We suggest you take pictures of your stats throughout the ride. History has shown that data can fail, either during the attempt itself, or in the upload. So long as you can sufficiently prove the challenge completion we’ll accept it. We decide on a case-by-case basis.

Be prepared with portable battery charging abilities

– In general, batteries have a tendency to die after around 15 hours of recording. A portable battery pack is a cheap solution for charging on the go. Please note that units such as the Garmin Edge 500 will reset if plugged in mid-attempt. This will result in loss of data. The workaround is to find an OTG (On The Go) micro USB cable. This cable has a pin removed which ‘tricks’ the unit into ‘thinking’ that it isn’t actually plugged in. Test it beforehand. The OTG is also good for charging your phone on alternate laps.

Strava

– All rides must be publicly verifiable via Strava (i.e not set to private).

– Once the 8,848m is complete the current lap can be abandoned or completed at the participant’s discretion. The activity must be more than 8,848m on Strava so use a little bit of common sense and log some extra vertical metres just to be safe.

– Don’t forget to join the Hells 500 Strava Club. We like to watch.

Submitting a successful attempt

– Submit your ride on our submissions page. You’ll need to connect your Strava profile (if you don’t have one, create one) and a link to your attempt.

– All Everesting submissions must be verified by our panel prior to being accepted as valid. We are thorough with our verification process so please give us a few days.

Celebrate your challenge completion

– Verified Everesting automatically qualifies you for a range of items in the Everesting store.

– New run-specific items are being added to the store, so check back soon.

Being the first

– The first Everesting run for each climb will be signified by ‘First’ on the hall of fame (or First* if you Everested at the same time in a group). Copied a climb that someone else has done? It absolutely still counts in the hall of fame. Everesting is tough whichever way you look at it, although in the spirit of adventure why not seek something uncharted and stamp your name on the side of it?

– Runs can be added retrospectively, however they must be able to be correctly verified in order to qualify. If it turns out someone was before you, then they were before you.

– Interested in Everesting as a group for a first known ascent? That’s fine, we’ll include all participants in the Hall of Fame with an asterisk to signify the group attempt.

Multiple Everesting in the one attempt

– If you are planning a multiple Everesting (double, triple, or beyond) then you can complete it all on one climb, or use a different climb for each ‘Everesting’. You have two options with the order if using different climbs. Option 1 is to complete each Everesting climb, and then move to the next. Option 2 is to select a hill with a finish at the top, and run each side until both sides individually come to 8,848m.

– An exception to the no-sleep requirement is if you are completing multiple Everestings in one activity. In this instance the first Everesting must still be completed with no sleep, however an allowance for up to 2 hours for each ‘subsequent’ Everesting exists. This 2 hour allowance is a total, so it can be taken as 1x 2hr sleep, 2x 1hr sleeps, 4x 30min sleeps etc. We will respect your integrity, and trust you on the use of this time. Please don’t break that trust! This allowance is to reduce the impact of sleep deprivation and ensure that you get back down off the mountain safely. As with single Everesting attempts please ensure that you have support on hand to assist in making an independent judgement call on your fatigue levels.