Everesting on a bike:
"The concept of Everesting is fiendishly simple: Pick any hill, anywhere in the world and ride repeats of it in a single ride until you climb 8,848m – the equivalent height of Mt Everest"
Having done this once before, in 2014, at that time I thought "never again". However, on April 24th 2018, I will be attempting another Everest, to fundraise for the Alex Lowe foundation.
I've been inspired to Everest again by the tragic passing of Jon Johnston, who fell into a crevasse and was lost on April 24th 2016, whilst attempting to climb Shishapangma (an 8000m peak in Tibet) in training for his 3rd attempt to summit Everest.
Jon was a friend, a football teammate of mine, and one of those special people who made you feel like everything important to you was important to him. He was one of the most kind, genuine, warm, friendly life-loving, positive, welcoming people I've ever met. Jon's lasting impression on me, is his example of "living life to it's fullest". As an avid mountaineer, one of Jon's dreams was to summit Mt Everest, and it was something he was never able to fulfill.
Jon's family have linked with the Alex Lowe foundation; a charity who has created the Khumbu Climbing Centre. The KCC is a facility built to train, teach, and sustain the Nepalese Sherpas and their unique mountain culture. Link here for the full story:
My hope is that the cycling (and broader) community will recognise the correlation between Everesting on a bike, the goal that Jon was never able to achieve, and the invaluable support given by Sherpas in both these endeavours.
I will be Everesting on a road near Gembrook Victoria, on the second anniversary of Jon's passing, April 24th 2018. The ride should take somewhere between 18-24hrs. On April 25th, once the ride is finished, I'll be sending any funds raised directly to the Alex Lowe foundation.
Any donations given - no matter how big or small - will help motivate me to complete this challenge, knowing it is giving assistance and meaning to the Johnston family's chosen charity.
I'll be sure to keep this page updated on the event details (start time, weather forecasts, turnaround points etc) for my April 24th Everesting.
Thankyou for reading, and thankyou in advance to any support given - financially, morally, or as a Sherpa.
- Liz Whyte
- Mark Lumley
- Rodney Lockhart
- Sam Hettiarachchi
- Jodie Esponda