WHEN I WAS YOUNG WARTHOG - when he was a young warthog! - I wondered if my biker legs would easily carry me up the treacherous slopes of Mount Everest.
I read Into Thin Air as prep for Leadville.
I thought I had a grip on it.
Today I spent 1 hour on Everest... by that I mean I explored what it would be like to do the Everest Challenge - 29,029' in 1 day. I climbed 2800ish feet in 1 hour.
The gradients were too steep to climb seated, or at high cadence. And, too tricky to relax on the decent.
So many questions surfaced:
Best average gradient?
Best time of day to start?
Best nutrition strategy?
Long 30-60 minute climb?
Short 12-20 minute climb?
Where is a shaded climb?
Where would the wind be light or favorable?
What gears to run?
After that first hour of dedicated climbing, I meandered home and knocked another 1600ish feet.
I think I could average 2000'/hour, which would mean 15ish hours. That would be 6 hours longer than Leadville and LoToJa.
It would be a massive challenge.
To start, I'm going to knock out 29,029' over the course an upcoming week. Even that will be about 50% more climbing than I've ever down in a week and nearly 3X my average week.
I don't know if there's a PR tracker for that...
... but I do know our t-shirts get KOMs for being the softest t's on the planet. Trust me, these will be your all time faves.
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7.75 hours sleep