The challenge that simulates climbing Mount Everest!

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The challenge that simulates climbing Mount Everest!

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‘Everesting’

Mt. Everest is the literal representation of a challenge. Originally a cycling challenge, ‘everesting’ is a vertical test of endurance where an individual or team perform an activity continuously until their total vertical ascent is over 8’848 meters, the height of the summit of Mount Everest above sea-level. Our challenge is called Neverest as we are everesting to raise funds for Nepal.

‘Everesting for Nepal’

Help us fund the Australian Himalayan Foundation’s Teacher Training and Quality Education Program. With $30,000 we could provide 150 scholarships to Primary school students!

  • You can register as an individual or create/join a relay team below.
  • You can also create individual and team fundraising pages on the fundraising platform to share around with family and friends.

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The Australian Himalayan Foundation (AHF) aims to improve the quality of life of the people most in need in remote areas of the Himalaya. Established in 2003, the AHF’s key flagship program is the Teacher Training & Quality Education (TTQE) program which provides vital teacher training, school scholarships and educational resources to those in need. This 15-year program aims to help over 42,000 children and 1700 teachers in over 300 schools. We are deeply proud of the difference made so far including the training of 1050 teachers in over 200 schools.

When the devastating earthquakes hit Nepal in April and May 2015, they hit the Everest region hard. Of the 300-plus schools that the AHF supports, more than 200 were assessed as being in urgent need of rebuilding or repair. Since April 2015, the AHF has raised over $1million for its Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund and it has spent the last 18 months diligently working to ensure that these funds are managed in an accountable and cost-effective way with a focus on ‘building Nepal back better’ in the Lower Solukhumbu region. AHF has pioneered an innovative lightweight steel frame design for schools that incorporates contemporary seismic design principles. However, there is still so much to be done to improve access to quality education in Nepal. By fundraising for the TTQE program, the AHF can provide scholarships to students which cover uniforms, textbooks and tuition fees at a cost of $200AUD per student.

ahfLogo_white_graybg_3001x1073
The Australian Himalayan Foundation (AHF) aims to improve the quality of life of the people most in need in remote areas of the Himalaya. Established in 2003, the AHF’s key flagship program is the Teacher Training & Quality Education (TTQE) program which provides vital teacher training, school scholarships and educational resources to those in need. This 15-year program aims to help over 42,000 children and 1700 teachers in over 300 schools. We are deeply proud of the difference made so far including the training of 1050 teachers in over 200 schools.

When the devastating earthquakes hit Nepal in April and May 2015, they hit the Everest region hard. Of the 300-plus schools that the AHF supports, more than 200 were assessed as being in urgent need of rebuilding or repair. Since April 2015, the AHF has raised over $1million for its Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund and it has spent the last 18 months diligently working to ensure that these funds are managed in an accountable and cost-effective way with a focus on ‘building Nepal back better’ in the Lower Solukhumbu region. AHF has pioneered an innovative lightweight steel frame design for schools that incorporates contemporary seismic design principles. However, there is still so much to be done to improve access to quality education in Nepal. By fundraising for the TTQE program, the AHF can provide scholarships to students which cover uniforms, textbooks and tuition fees at a cost of $200AUD per student.


Training Tips


Walking FAQs

How should I train?

  • We recommend training on a steep track or set of stairs and doing laps up and down that track. progressively build up to doing more laps, this also helps the mental preparation for the repetitiveness of the laps.
    • For those attempting the challenge solo or in a team of 2, you would ideally be able to complete a session with 2000 vertical meters
  • We strongly recommend hiking poles, particularly for those doing the challenge solo or in a team of 2, they help take the load off the legs for both the uphill and downhill, they also provide stability for the downhills, particularly as you get tired.
  • Headtorch; for those starting the challenge at 7pm (solo) Friday night. Preferably a bright one and with some spare batteries
  • Clothes for warm, cold (Thermal top) and wet conditions (Rain Jacket).
  • Waterbottle
  • Cutlery and a bowl/cup for soup and sausage sizzle

Riding FAQs

Riding up lots of hills! For those wishing to complete the challenge solo or a team of 2, the ability to ride over 200km in a day while being able to do over 2000 vertical meters in a training session is essential.
In addition to everything you would usually take on a bike ride:

  • Bike Lights, front and rear.
  • Spare tubes
  • Water bottles
  • Clothes for warm, wet and cold conditions

 

General FAQs

You and your team can walk/ride the laps together at the same time. Team members also do not need to do an equal number of laps so the fitter people in each team can do more laps.
  • While we will have a sausage sizzle and water available, we strongly recommend that participants bring their own snacks, food and electrolyte as we cannot guarantee supply at all times.
  • We will have guaranteed supply of water.
  • We recommend bringing food that you have used in events similar to this before or food that you might take to eat on a hike.
    • As it is only hiking you should be able to stomach whole foods but this is always a matter of personal preference and experience.
  • We recommend electrolytes to replace essential salts lost during sweat, some prefer electrolytes mixed with sugar like Powerade powder, others prefer the pure electrolytes and then get their calories from food
It depends on which location you are participating in.

  • Melbourne: 11:59 pm Saturday Night (29 hours for solo, 18 hours for teams)
  • Canberra:
    Riding: 11:59pm Saturday Night (~19 hours, solo participants can start earlier than 6am if they are concerned they will not make this cutoff)
    Walking: We’ll stay out until you finish!
  • Sydney: 8pm Saturday night
You can still register as a solo participant and attempt as many laps as you can on the day. You’ll still have your name on the lap counter and every meter you climb gets added to the total climb for the event (check out last years stats below!)
No, we don’t look after any luggage or valuables during the event, the organisers bear no responsibility for any equipment you have that goes missing. Most events have parking close by and storing personal items in there is the safest option.
Canberra: In Canberra we do not anticipate filling the car spaces on the top of Mount Ainslie

Melbourne: Parking will be a little more tricky, we advise you to get there early as the carparks for the 1000 steps fill up pretty quickly, especially on weekends.

There is currently First Aid planned for the Canberra Event only.

Neverest Sydney


NEVEREST Sydney is a Team only Hiking event. Due to the time we have access to use the track, there is not enough time to finish the challenge solo. We expect that a relatively fit team of 2 people would be able to finish the challenge in 13 hours.

Challenge Stats:
-51 Repititions (laps)
-93 km
-9000 vertical meters

Individuals and teams start from 7am on Saturday 8th April. (Please note that this is different from the other events)

There will be a cutoff at 8pm on Saturday night.

We will have a mini-bus shuttle to pick people up from Unanderra train station meeting the trains which arrive at the following times:

  • 7:04am
  • 8:23am
  • 9:06am

Transport back to the train station will be organised as needed and when required.


The foot event at NEVEREST Canberra will be held on the Spur track up Mount Ainslie:

Challenge Stats:
-53 Repititions
-106km
-9000 vertical meters

Hike Lap Stats:
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A Lap constitutes walking down and back up (If starting from the top)

Individual Neveresters start at 7pm on friday night,
Teams start at 7am on Saturday 1st April.

Parking is in the car park at the top of Mt Ainslie.


NEVEREST Canberra has a cycling option on Mt. Ainslie Drive!

Challenge Stats:
-43 Repititions
-223km
-9000 vertical meters

Bike Lap Stats:
Distance
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A Lap constitutes riding up and back down.

The cycling event will start at 6am and be coordinated from the top of Mt Ainslie.

Solo riders can start a bit before 6am if they would like to have more time (Cutoff time info below)

Canberra Info

Shirts and Bibs can be collected at the top throughout the day.

    • To clarify, you and your team can walk the laps concurrently.
    • For walkers, if more than 15mm is forecast the park wont let us use the track, so, we will complete half the challenge on the sealed walking track on Mt. Ainslie.
    • For riders, If the road surface is wet enough that it becomes glossy (i.e. more than damp) then we might pause it for a bit until it dries off.

For Riders:

  • Another note for teams completing the challenge by doing a mix of running and riding, remember that each riding lap has more vertical meters than the walking lap.
  • Teams doing a mixed relay need to keep a track of how many laps of either riding or running they need to do.
  • We will also try to get a bike rack set up at the top for mixed teams and relay teams.
  • Solo riders and people doing multiple laps can turn at the KOM marker if safe to do so. Note that all drinks and support stuff will be at the lookout
  • Note the 60km/hr speed limit on the way down
  • We will be enforcing at 12am cut-off for riding.

Supporters are welcome on the day. They can buy shirts and there will be a sausage sizzle with free food and drink for participants, donations of food are always appreciated too! 100% of the proceeds from any sales go to the foundation.

Anyone can sign up on the day, although we will have a limited number of shirts left. There are blank bibs to write names on, and you can add your name to an existing team on the lap counter or write your name in an empty box and do as many laps as you can solo.

Parks have also told us to advise all the walkers of Unexploded Ordinances. Now, to clarify, we haven’t put land mines on the track, the challenge is hard enough as it is. But the eastern side of Mount Ainslie used to be a weapons testing area and some very old ordinances have been found, well off the track. If you stick to the track, there won’t be a problem and if you do see something, let us know and we will notify parks.


Please note that ‘a lap’ includes walking up to the top then back down. (the map above only shows the data for the climb).

Hike Lap Stats:
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Climb per lap
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Avg Grade
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Online Registration has closed but you can still register as an individual, create or join a relay team on the day. You can sign up anytime from 6:30pm Friday night and throughout the event.

To clarify, in the team event, teams walk the laps concurrently and each member can walk at their own pace, team members don’t need to do an equal number of laps.

Neverest Melbourne is a hike only (meaning no bike riding, you can run it if you like) event and will be held on the Lyrebird track same as last year. We meet at the bottom of the track in the Kokoda Memorial. The track starts at the ampitheatre and goes all the way to the sign before the gate at the top (see the promo video for reference in the scene where it says ‘turn around’).

Challenge Stats:
-35 Repititions (laps)
-103km
-9000 vertical meters

Individual Neveresters start at 7pm Friday Night, Relay teams start at 7am on Saturday 25th March.

Parking is available in the carpark at the bottom of the track (1000 steps carpark). There will be a gold coin donation bbq.

General FAQs

  • While we will have a sausage sizzle and water available, we strongly recommend that participants bring their own snacks, food and electrolyte as we cannot guarantee supply at all times.
  • We will have guaranteed supply of water.
  • We recommend bringing food that you have used in events similar to this before or food that you might take to eat on a hike.
    • As it is only hiking you should be able to stomach whole foods but this is always a matter of personal preference and experience.
  • We recommend electrolytes to replace essential salts lost during sweat, some prefer electrolytes mixed with sugar like Powerade powder, others prefer the pure electrolytes and then get their calories from food
It depends on which location you are participating in.

  • Melbourne: 11:59 pm Saturday Night (29 hours for solo, 18 hours for teams)
  • Canberra:
    Riding: 11:59pm Saturday Night (~19 hours, solo participants can start earlier than 6am if they are concerned they will not make this cutoff)
    Walking: We’ll stay out until you finish!
  • Sydney: 8pm Saturday Night
You can still register as a solo participant and attempt as many laps as you can on the day. You’ll still have your name on the lap counter and every meter you climb gets added to the total climb for the event (check out last years stats below!)
No, we don’t look after any luggage or valuables during the event, the organisers bear no responsibility for any equipment you have that goes missing. Most events have parking close by and storing personal items in there is the safest option.
Canberra: In Canberra we do not anticipate filling the car spaces on the top of Mount Ainslie

Melbourne: Parking will be a little more tricky but there is street parking in the suburb of Ferny Creek.

There is currently First Aid planned for the Canberra Event only.

Walking FAQs

How should I train?

  • We recommend training on a steep track or set of stairs and doing laps up and down that track. progressively build up to doing more laps, this also helps the mental preparation for the repetitiveness of the laps.
    • For those attempting the challenge solo or in a team of 2, you would ideally be able to complete a session with 2000 vertical meters
  • We strongly recommend hiking poles, particularly for those doing the challenge solo or in a team of 2, they help take the load off the legs for both the uphill and downhill, they also provide stability for the downhills, particularly as you get tired.
  • Headtorch; for those starting the challenge at 7pm (solo) Friday night. Preferably a bright one and with some spare batteries
  • Clothes for warm, cold (Thermal top) and wet conditions (Rain Jacket).
  • Waterbottle
  • Cutlery and a bowl/cup for soup and sausage sizzle

Riding FAQs

Riding up lots of hills! For those wishing to complete the challenge solo or a team of 2, the ability to ride over 200km in a day while being able to do over 2000 vertical meters in a training session is essential.
In addition to everything you would usually take on a bike ride:

  • Bike Lights, front and rear.
  • Spare tubes
  • Water bottles
  • Clothes for warm, wet and cold conditions

 

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Earth

Thats like climbing all the way to the International Space Station!
Total Vetical Climbed - 397,000m

ISS Altitude ~ 400 Kilometers