Everest Challenge 2021

Since 2015, the Everest Challenge has raised over £18,000, initially towards rebuilding 5 schools following the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. In 2016 & 2017 we used funds raised to repair less badly hit schools and to install well-stocked libraries at all 10 supported schools. In 2018 we raised funds towards establishing a Learning Resource Centre in Tansen, to enable us to deliver teacher training, IT training and children's and adult libraries, under a single roof. In 2019 we raised funds to rebuild toilet facilities at one of our supported schools. In 2020, although Coronavirus in the UK and Nepal severely curtailed our activities, we completed to new toilet facilities at two of our supported schools.

The Everest Challenge is a simple concept: Mount Everest is 8,848 metres high and the challenge is to row that distance, individually or as a team, on a Concept 2 indoor rowing machine. For Everest Challenge 2021 and in addition to our usual indoor rowing event, we have extended the challenge to our friends in the X-Training community by including a team version (Scramble) of the Crossfire XT course, which includes the 8848m row as the first station of a 10 station course.

For all events, entry is by donation, minimum suggested donation per event is shown below.

Live Rowing (8,848m)

The Live Rowing event will be held alongside the Crossfire XT Scramble on Saturday, November 13th, at Alcester Grammar School, Warwickshire, UK. You can enter the rowing individually or as part of a Pairs, Fours or Eights team. Teams may be single or mixed gender.

  • Entry, which includes complementary bottle of water, tea/coffee and cake, is £15 per person, a small booking fee applies .

  • Teams, which can be same or mixed gender, complete the 8,848m between them, sharing the distance roughly equally.

  • Result will be gathered from your machine's monitor by a race marshal.

  • Teams may utilise assistants to help fix/release rowing machine foot-straps.

  • Changing / shower facilities available.

  • Certificates will be emailed to all participants, with special acknowledgement on the day, for the winners of each age, weight and gender category.

Virtual Rowing (8,848m)

If you can't make the live event, but still would like to support the cause, you can enter the Virtual Event and complete your row at any time prior to Saturday, November 13th.

  • Entry is £10 per person, a small booking fee applies.

  • Other details as above except please email a photo of your machine's monitor to confirm your result.

Crossfire XT Scramble

As it's new, here's a detailed introduction to this event. It may look hard at first sight, but remember, each athlete completes one third of the course:

The Crossfire XT Scramble will be held alongside the Live Rowing event on Saturday, November 13th, at Alcester Grammar School, Warwickshire, UK.

  • Entry, which includes an Everest Crossfire T-Shirt or Vest, complementary bottle of water, tea/coffee and cake, is £20 per person, a small booking fee applies.

Team selection:

  • Entry is by individual at the time of sign up, sign-up closes on October 16th.

  • To avoid hold ups on the course, which will be shared by up to 5 teams at any time, we need to achieve some degree of balance across the teams.

  • So, after close of sign-up, mixed gender teams of 3 athletes will be selected randomly and with a balance of Advanced, Intermediate & Novice athletes per team.

  • In this way, athletes have several weeks for general training and then 4 weeks of targeted training once teams are selected and sections assigned within teams.

Course (weights are female/male):

  • Concept 2 Row 8,848m (all)

  • Section 1

    • Bench - 100 @ 15/25kg

    • Step Up - 100 @ 15/30kg

    • Squat & Row - 100 @ 8/16kg

  • Section 2

    • Sit Up - 100 (50 classic & 50 Fit League any order)

    • Bench Jump - 100 each side 4 risers high

    • Seated Shoulder Press - 100 @ 10/17.5kg

  • Section 3

    • Air bike - 50 calories

    • Run - 50 x 10m

    • Bench - 100 @ 15/25kg plus whole team Run 100m together


  • Teams will be selected and confirmed shortly after sign-up closes on October 16th.

  • Check-in, Briefing and Start times will be confirmed in the week prior to the event.

  • Station 1, the 8,848m row, to be completed by the whole team, sharing the distance roughly equally and in any way the team decides.

  • Stations 2 to 10 of the course are split into 3 sections, teams will decide which athlete completes which section.

  • Station 10 includes completion of Bench by the assigned athlete and the 100m run by the team to complete the course and stop the timer.

  • Section 1 can begin as soon as the Concept 2 machine shows the row is complete and the assigned athlete and counter are in place.

  • Handover between sections is by way of the assigned athletes touching hands at the mid-point between the sections.

  • With the exception of the row and the Air Bike, teams will self-count (out loud), counter must “no-rep” their own team member if necessary.

  • If the assigned athlete cannot complete a station, a team member can intervene to complete it for them, a 2 second time penalty per rep applies.

  • Total penalty reps must be declared to the course marshal at course completion.

  • Each team must decide rowing tactics, who is assigned to each section and who is responsible for counting and timing on each station.

  • Each team needs a fully charged smartphone with the XT app on it for timing purposes.

  • Download the XT app by tapping here

  • Teams will self-time via the XT App, which will gather the start time and the completion times of all stations, note station 10 includes the 100m Run.

  • Target time for course completion is 60 minutes.

  • Awards for Best Overall time, Best Section time and Best Rowing time.

Sign Up & Start Times

Will be posted here soon!

Previous Event Results

Everest Challenge 2020
Everest Challenge 2019
Everest Challenge 2018 Results
Everest Challenge 2017 Results
Everest Challenge 2016 Registrations & Results
Everest Challenge Registrations 2015