EVERESTING RIDE RULES

 

CLIMB THE HEIGHT OF EVEREST.
ONE HILL. ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.
ONE ACTIVITY. NO TIME LIMIT. NO SLEEP.

 

THE RULES

Vertical Gain

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

–  If your descent includes a bit of climbing this still counts toward your total. Keep in mind that this is a climbing challenge, and routes with ‘kinetic gain’ should be checked via the everesting calculator first. The calculator has a built-in ‘check’ on descent elevation gain. You’ll know yourself from riding it in real life whether your chosen segment has a gain on the descent. We want to avoid ‘free metres’ where possible. A ‘rule of thumb’ should be applied when looking at a route with elevation gain on a descent or kinetic gain. If it feels like you are gaming the system, then you probably are! Ask us first if in doubt (it’s never nice explaining this afterwards).

– You may decide to push on past 8,848m to get to 10,000m, in which case your ride will also qualify for inclusion in the High Rouleur’s Society (see the details here). It’s a two-for-one deal!

Single Activity

– It does not matter how long the ride takes, but it must be ridden 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

– Rides can be of any length, on any hill, mountain, driveway or bridge. Essentially anything that has a vertical gain can be used to complete an Everesting.

– Rides must only focus on one hill or mountain per ride (e.g. you can’t base yourself in one location and ride multiple hills). You cannot ride 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).

– Rides cannot be loops. The descent must be via the same road unless you are prevented from doing so (e.g. one-way street or one-way trail). This is to prevent kinetic gain sometimes afforded by a loop, or an ‘easier’ descent.

– Rides 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 must be ridden up and down (i.e. you can’t get driven down each time). You also need to keep your device recording the whole time.

– No section of the ride can be walked. This is a cycling challenge.

Approved Devices

– Rides should be recorded with a dedicated GPS device which has an altimeter or barometer (i.e. not a Garmin Forerunner). In the event of failure of one of these devices you can use a phone or non-barometric device. Please keep in mind these rides 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 ride in the original state and we can verify the height by the repeats of the segment that has been climbed.

Accepted Bikes

– Acceptable bikes: Road, MTB, CX, Track, BMX, ElliptiGO. Not acceptable: Electric, Recumbent and Tandem (Exception exist for special circumstances)

 

THE GUIDELINES

Choosing the route

– Rides can be of any length, on any hill, mountain, driveway or bridge. Essentially anything that has a vertical gain can be used to complete an Everesting.

– Rides must only focus on one hill or mountain per ride (e.g. you can’t base yourself in one location and ride multiple hills). You cannot ride 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).

– Rides cannot be loops. The descent must be via the same road unless you are prevented from doing so (e.g. one-way street or one-way trail). This is to prevent kinetic gain sometimes afforded by a loop, or an ‘easier’ descent.

– Rides 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.

– The ride does not have to be ridden on sealed roads. In fact you get bonus kudos and cafe-respect for hitting the vitamin G.

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.

– It is our strong recommendation that on the day you ride to a pre-determined amount of reps/laps, as opposed to the figure on your bike computer, 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

Accepted device to record attempt

– We only accept recordings from a dedicated GPS device which has an altimeter or barometer (i.e. not a Garmin Forerunner or smart phone)

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

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 on the bike or in the upload. So long as you can sufficiently prove the ride we’ll accept it. We’ll decide on a case-by-case basis.

Be prepared with portable battery charging abilities

– 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-ride. 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 rider’s discretion. The ride 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 ride.

– 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.

Earning the Grey Stripe Kit

– Verified Everesting automatically qualifies you for the coveted Hells 500 grey stripe.

– Once earned, a grey stripe is for life.

Being the first

– The first Everesting ride for each climb will be signified by ‘First’ on the hall of fame (or First* if you Everested at the same time as more than one other rider). Copied a ride 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?

– Rides 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. Simple.

– Interested in Everesting as a group for a first known ascent? That’s fine, and so long as you are not finishing hours and hours apart we’ll include all riders 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 ride each side until both sides individually come to 8,848m. You can’t use a valley with a hill either side, to avoid kinetic gain. This hill is ok: /\ this is not: \/

– 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.