Rather than run/walk down while the lift isn’t running, can you borrow and stash enough bikes at the top the day before? Biking down will save a lot of time and wear and tear.
So with the lack of races on the schedule (except for Pikes Peak which is strangely still on for now), I’ve gotten creative with my motivation this summer. I’ve done some self supported ultras (a 55K on the Foothills trail in SC/NC) and an ultra-esque marathon up and over Mt Mitchell that took more than 8 hours and had 8000+ of total elevation gain.
But this Saturday I’m taking on my biggest and most unusual challenge, I’m going to try to “everest” and gain 29029′ in one go of activity. This concept started as a cycling thing and has since morphed over into running, albeit with some changes to the rules.
Everest link: https://everesting.cc/
I’m using a local ski resort that’s running the chair lifts for their bike park, but instead of riding up and then biking down, I’ll be running up and riding down. It’ll be about a mile up, with over 1000′ of gain each time, so I’ll need to do 29 ascents. I expect this to take over 15 hours and as such I’ll be trying to stay strictly zone 1 when “running” and then refueling/hydrating/relaxing on the chair ride down. Because the lifts only run for 12 hours, I’ll need to do some descending on my own so that will be a very comfortable walk to try to save my legs from pounding.
I’ve done some extra long events before (a 15+ hour double crossing of the Grand Canyon when temps were over 100 degrees) but still I really don’t know what to expect from this. I might get 5 hours in and lose motivation and call it a day but I’m planning on that not to be the case, with a plan for nutrition, benchmarks to hit, etc.
I guess my question for the group is whether anyone has attempted this sort of thing and if there are any suggestions for things I haven’t considered. I was a bit surprised I couldn’t find a hit for Everesting in my forum search but maybe I overlooked it. Comments are welcome!
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