Trail magazine challenge

Trail magazine has issued a challenge called EverestAnyWhere.
Add up all your ascents for the year to see if you have climbed the hight of Everest

How far up Everest will your SOTA trips take you?

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For 2017:

Position Callsign Total Metres Total Feet Activations
1 KX0R 635591 2085266 212
2 KE5AKL 415797 1364114 153
3 K7PX 332127 1089658 107
4 NA6MG 303651 996189 183
5 N0TA 272982 895613 88
6 HB9BIN 268279 880088 240
7 NM5S 259925 852760 118
8 WG0AT 256934 842974 81
9 K1JD 245266 804679 89
10 SY2BIK 235145 771474 170
11 KT5X 230757 757078 83
12 OK2PDT 199005 652859 279
13 NS7P 196601 645023 129
14 JP3OSW 194965 639647 210
15 F4EGG 191922 629667 82
16 HB9CBR 191012 626622 150
17 K6TAA 183422 601784 62
18 HB9AFI 182075 597309 133
19 KD0YOB 182047 597269 71
20 K6HPX 180186 591097 73
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total feet isn’t total feet of ascent which I believe is the challenge; SOTA doesn’t track ascent

Indeed Barry, tracking actual ascent rather than the absolute height of the mountain essentially requires people to have a good GPS log of their route. And GPS height results can be notoriously inaccurate depending on the terrain and the satellite visibilty.

Until we add Nepal, people in Colorado etc. are always going to win an absolute heights contest as they have some of the biggest mountains in SOTA even if they’re not climbing them from sea level.

It’s not a case of climbing to the highest height, more that the magazine provides readers (and others) with a chart to keep their own records of how much vertical height they have climbed in all of their climbs during one year. When they hit 8848 metres, they’climbed the height of everest - of course those climbing Everest start off “part of the way up” I believe as Nepal isn’t at sea level.


according to my garmin connect data I made a total ascent of 58.317m last year …
so I hiked mt. everest 6 1/2 times last year :slight_smile:


Hi Martin, first of all well done but that needs to be a comma between the 58 and 317 in “58.317m” otherwise in English it’s read as 58 point 317 metres HI :grinning:


Or a k before the m… very impressive whichever way you look at it!

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My SUUNTO watch has recorded 41,067 m of ascent in 2017 :slight_smile:



right, Base Camp is ~14k, you actually start at 9,383 at the Lukla airport.

The Tenzing-Hillary airport is at 2,860 metres ASL, Everest is 8848 metres high. So height to climb is actually 5988 metres. As I said "climbing Everest starts off “part of the way up” .

The Australian Tim Macartney-Snape climbed from sea level. Arguably the first person to have climbed Everest. I think he started in India.

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WOW! How long did that take him?

3 months.
Everest: Sea to Summit Expedition

In 1990, Macartney-Snape returned once again to Mt Everest with the idea of climbing the mountain from the sea to the summit. The idea had originally been floated by adventure cameraman, Michael Dillon. With sponsorship provided by Australian Geographic, amongst others, it would take Macartney-Snape three months to achieve this goal.

This was the first time anyone had walked from sea level and reached the top of Mt Everest, as even the first expeditions started from Kathmandu, at 1400m above sea level. While planning the expedition, Macartney-Snape and his then wife, Dr Ann Ward, were living in Meekatharra, Western Australia where she was stationed with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Macartney-Snape trained for the upcoming expedition with demanding runs in the 40 degree heat of the surrounding bush and short, solo climbs on the large boulders around Meekatharra.

The 500 vertical metres from the Bay of Bengal involved a 1200 km walk from the sea, leaving Ganga Sagar on 5 February 1990, walking through India to the Nepalese border. He was joined by Ward, his sister Pip, film-maker Mike Dillon, Nepali cook Tenzing Sherpa and Charles Norwood, who drove a Land Rover with gear for the trek.

Macartney-Snape planned to avoid three large expeditions attempting the South Col route, by climbing Everest via the more difficult West Ridge, then traversing to descend the standard South Col route. He reached nearly 7500m on acclimatisation sorties, but bad weather and a strong avalanche risk changed Macartney-Snape’s plans to ascend via the South Col route. After two preparatory trips through the Khumbu Icefall to the Western Cwm, he left his team on 7 May to attempt the summit solo and without supplemental oxygen, carrying a pack with a tent, food, fuel and a movie camera to the South Col at 8000m. Light-headed and plagued by bouts of diarrhea following the challenging solo climb up the Lhotse Face, Macartney-Snape rested a day before setting out for the summit of Everest at 9.30pm on 10 May in bright moonlight. Climbing solo, weak with nausea and diarrhea and having eaten little in the previous days, it took nearly six hours in –30 C cold for him to ascend from 8,230 m and 8,536 m, nearly falling to his death at midnight when stopping to adjust the movie camera he carried. Then he climbed the South-East Ridge from the South Summit to the true summit.[15] He achieved his second ascent of Everest at about 9.45 am on 11 May, the first to climb from sea to summit. On the summit he unfurled the flag of the Australian Geographic Society, his sponsor, and that of the Foundation for Humanity’s Adulthood (now named the World Transformation Movement).[16]

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Interesting! Thanks for pulling those numbers out of the database,