Everest Challenge Official Rules


Challenge: Climb the height of Mt. Everest or Chomolungma (8848 meters, 29092 feet, from sea level) between June 18th, 2020 (World Kidney Cancer Day), and finish by Dec 31st, 2020.  How to be successful

Team challenge, form/join a team and collectively climb to space (264,000 feet according to NASA, 80467 meters) to earn the Astronaut Award.  How to be successful

Registration/Entry:  Registration is Free!  Click here to register.

Reporting of climbing:  All reporting is self report please be honest. Each Everest Challenge participant will receive a weekly email (must have unique email for each participant or a designated team captain may report for multiple team members).  In that email form, you enter the number of horizontal steps taken and the average number of floors climbed that week.  If you only have a device (phone, pedometer, conversion chart) that does horizontal steps, just enter those.  If your device tracks both horizontal steps and vertical elevation gain, you can report both.   You can only claim 1950 meters of elevation gain per week, or 100,000 horizontal steps per week.  That way you have to work over several weeks to complete the challenge.  Our goal is to encourage lifestyle changes.  Can’t climb stairs, but still want to participate?  We’ve got options to convert all physical activity into ‘step equivalent’, so even those who are wheelchair bound are able to participate!

Tracking the number of steps climbed: We encourage you to use a variety of wearable trackers/watches or use phone apps that track this automatically for ease and accuracy (See FAQs for more information/instructions on finding out your weekly totals).  There are two options to participate: 1) horizontal steps-all horizontal steps (or steps converted from any physical activity) count. These horizontal steps are what most phones, pedometers, watches etc measure.  This is also what is referred to as the goal to take “10,000 steps a day”.  20 horizontal steps are converted into one step up for the purpose of this challenge.  Most phones, pedometers etc track horizontal feet automatically, 2) vertical steps-in this division, only vertical climbing counts. Many phones (iPhones), some wearables (certain models of Fitbit, Garmin, other GPS trackers etc) also track elevation gain.   

You can participate in both divisions, horizontal steps and vertical steps, or just one or the other.  

Results:  You will get your own updated total number of meters climb in your weekly report email.  We will post individual and team leader board weekly on our webpage.  You will get an email when you reach a Milestone Mountain.

Who does the climb benefit?  You of course.  Each step up is one closer to a healthy heart and lungs and you can lower your risk of 13 kinds of cancer, including Kidney Cancer.  100% of donations go for kidney cancer research.

Teams: You are encouraged to form teams and encourage each other on to the summit and to collectively climb to space (264,000 feet, 80467 meters)!  The Climb to Space Team Challenge can be completed by teams with as few as 2 and up to 12 individuals.  The more on a team (up to 12), the fewer steps each individual has to climb. How to be successful