Climbing for Nepal: Everesting cyclists on a mission to raise US$1 million for earthquake recovery
The mystique and sense of adventure surrounding the world’s highest peak has inspired hundreds to push themselves to new limits on the bike since Melbourne’s Hells 500 launched a climbing challenge called Everesting more than a year ago. Among them are the 20 women we followed on Ella who completed the largest mass Everesting ever in February by climbing Mt Donna Buang more than eight times to clock up the required 8,848 metres of ascent.
Now the hope is that it will also inspire a monumental fundraising effort, targeted at US$1 million (AU$1.25 million), for the earthquake devastated regions of Nepal. Two Strava challenges and a reverse garage sale have been set up to help raise money, while some of the women who took part in the mass Everesting in February are organising groups to take on the extreme vertical challenge
You don’t have to be prepared to ride the 8,848 metres height of Mt Everest all in one go to contribute. There are plenty of ways to get involved, so read on to find out how you can become a part of the helping hand the cycling community is offering to the earthquake devastated region.
In the early hours on Saturday, April 25, 2015 a massive earthquake registering 7.8 in magnitude rocked Nepal. This was followed on Tuesday May 12th by another earthquake, measuring 7.3 magnitude, compounding the already fragile state of the country and its people as they struggled to recover from the initial devastation.
The true toll will never be known, but to date more than 8,000 people have died with over 13,000 injured. The fate of thousands more in many remote areas is still unclear and the government has warned that the death toll could reach 10,000.
Straddling the border of China and Nepal, it was the world’s highest peak that inspired the concept of Everesting, the act of climbing the equivalent height (8,848m) in a single ride, on any hill in the world. The concept of Everesting has had a massive impact on the cycling communities of more than 30 countries around the world, so it’s no surprise that these communities rally behind Nepal in this time of need.
The endurance-focused charity MORE Than Sport is partnering with Strava and Everesting. Through the month of June are asking the global communities of cyclists (and runners!) to climb for Nepal, to raise awareness and help those that have been affected by the recent earthquakes.
Strava is hosting two challenges, encouraging cyclists to climb the height of Mt. Everest and runners to climb a quarter (2,212 meters) of that distance during the month of June.
This is a call to action. It’s a signal to the global cycling and running communities that they can make a lasting impact on those in need by simply getting on their bike or slipping on their running shoes and climbing. We are asking participants to drive fundraising efforts – by either donating or getting sponsorship during the month of June.
Donors can allocate their efforts to one of five streams, with a breakdown of how the funds raised transfer:
- Shelter: $1 provides one night of shelter for a child
- Food: $1 provides 2 meals for an individual facing hunger
- Water: $1 provides 20,000 gallons (75,700 litres) of clean drinking water
- Education: $1 provides one week of literacy training
- Medical: $1 provides treatment for 1 individual
How can you get involved?
- Lend your voice (and legs!) to the Strava climbing challenge.
- Donate now via MORE Than Sport.
- If you are in Melbourne, head to the June 14th Reverse Garage Sale.
- Support the women’s group Everesting, which is fundraising as part of the Hells 500 team. The women will be doing around 56 ascents of Bonds Rd in the Melbourne suburb of Lower Plenty on June 20 to rack up 8,848 metres of climbing. Ride with them or donate to their efforts here.
As we learn of additional group rides, events, mass everesting attempts, etc. we’ll add details here and/or on social. Please feel free to share any of your plans to get involved in the comments.
We know this is a huge ask. We also know our global cycling and running communities are up for the challenge.