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Would you ride up and down a mountain all day in an attempt to reach the virtual height of Mt Everest? I didn’t think it was for me either, but I decided it was a trend I needed to try for myself! If you haven’t heard of Everesting, come along as I make my attempt to reach the lofty heights of the majestic Everest, with a day riding the slopes of Mt Macedon.
At first glance, it might sound crazy, but the idea behind this episode was to get to understand what the trend is all about, and why so many people have jumped on board with it. Everesting evolved during the pandemic to become a challenge that pros were taking on, and I was introduced to it during that time – it was all about speed, and how fast could you do it, and that really deterred me. To be quite honest, riding up and down a mountain all day just seemed boring and unnecessary, and didn’t appeal to me at all.
But it was a conversation with Andy Van Bergen earlier this year that changed all of this and piqued my interest in trying it for myself. Andy told me the story behind the event and the background to the idea – and I really liked it. As we talked, it occurred to me that the whole thing is just another way to challenge yourself. It’s a challenge that anyone can take on, in their own way – you can do it from your own backyard or your lounge room if you like. And
as you might know, that’s something that I love to explore and to encourage others to get involved in.
Getting Andy’s perspective on it was key for me to understand what it’s all about, to learn all the tricks that go along with it, and to work out if it’s something that I would love or hate. I also chatted with Lachy Morton to get a different perspective – he’s coming from the other end of the spectrum, the elite level, where he’s trying to go for the record. From there, I decided to put together all that knowledge, and make my own Everesting attempt, and to take the listeners along on the journey, so you can form your own opinion about whether it’s something you want to tackle for yourself.
I hope you enjoy the listen and get inspired to take on some new challenges for yourself!
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