Everesting is an activity where the goal is altitude gain of 8848 m or more by repeatedly going up and down a selected route.
This is most often attempted by biking; however, hiking/running is practiced too. The whole process takes 20-30 hours; however, the time seems to be less important than the feat itself.
I would like to understand how to choose a route which makes this possible.
The rules (described on the site, but I added a few of my own) are:
- Total elevation gain, 8848 m
- Only natural scenery: no roads or stairs
- No bicycles, chairlifts, buses, etc; no abseiling
- Must travel the same route back and forth repeatedly
- No sleeping
- Resting, eating and drinking are allowed; no restrictions on resupplying along the way
- The spirit of the challenge implies that your route should be mostly altitude gain, followed by descent on the way back - not a "10 m up, 10 m down" type of trail
So I wonder, first of all, which elevation gain is best for one leg of the challenge (assuming I can find any route I want, within reason)? I imagine that 3 times 3000 m would be inconvenient because of temperature differences, and 89 times 100 m would be a burden for the brain. What other factors should I take into account?
Also, which altitude profile should I use? Make it too shallow and you should travel a big distance; make it too steep and it becomes hard to go down. Should the angle be uniform, or is it better to have flatter sections along the steep ascent?