GEORGE NEWS - Six guys from George will get together on 29 August and cycle up Outeniqua Pass on the Outeniqua Mountains in George.
They chose to do this event for the SPCA George and the Outeniqua Shellhole. JC Visser, masterbrain of the idea, said we have all heard about the epic adventure stories of summiting the majestic Mount Everest.
The concept of Everesting is simple: pick any hill, anywhere in the world and complete repeats of it in a single activity until you have climbed the equivalent height of Mt Everest. Complete the challenge on a bike or on foot and you'll find your name in the Hall of Fame, alongside the best climbers in the world.
What makes this specific Everesting event unique and special is that it is being done for such a special cause.
"The idea originated about 02:00 one morning, among this Covid 19 pandemic/crisis the whole world is experiencing, and I thought, what can we do to relieve some pressure from some local charities?" Visser said.
"I decided to do it for the SPCA George because animals are very near and dear to our hearts and sometimes we feel that someone needs to be the voice for the animals, seeing that they can't talk for themselves and are in as much of a crisis as we are at the moment. We have also elected the Outeniqua Shellhole to be our second beneficiary charity and we are very excited that they will assist on the day with nutrition."
According to Visser there has been at least one successful attempt on the Outeniqua Pass in the past.
Hells500 is the company that verifies if the attempt was successful.
There are certain rules regarding Everesting:
- You need to ascend the vertical height of Mt Everest on one climb;
- No sleeping is allowed on the ride; and
- You may not change route or ascend on a different route than the one you are "climbing" on. The climb and descent must be done on the exact same route.
It will take about 16 hours of riding time, excluding the three brief refuel stops for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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