TuksExploratio gears up for Everest Challenge

EMMANUEL OLUSEGUN

TuksExploratio, a UP social club which offers adventure activities, will host its annual Everest Challenge between 9 and 10 September. This is a 24-hour climbing event that pits teams from climbing and adventure clubs around the country against one another as they aim to climb the height of Mount Everest within 24 hours. The 2016 edition of the challenge proved to be hotly contested, with climbing teams from the North-West University’s Potchefstroom campus (NWU-Pukke) and the University of Witswatersrand (Wits) giving the Tuks climbers a real challenge.TuksExploratio won the event as they finished in a record time of 12 hours and 14 minutes, with NWU-Pukke finishing second in 14 hours and 39 minutes, followed by the climbers from Wits in 15 hours and 52 minutes.

The teams competing will have 24 hours to scale the equivalent height of Mount Everest (a staggering 8848 metres) at the UP climbing wall located at the LC deVilliers sports grounds. The event starts at 13:00 on Saturday and ends the following day at the same time. On the day of the event, each team member has to pay a R100 competition fee. Entrance is free of charge For spectators. In this year’s challenge, teams have free reign as to how they can use each climber, with the only rule being that teams will be expected to change “lanes” every hour. The choice of which “lane” will be used by which team at what time will be made by means of a random draw prior to the start of the challenge. Competing teams are also encouraged to attend the briefing session on 9 September in order to ensure proper protocol is followed and administrative details will be addressed. For more information on the competition, visit TuksExploratio’s Facebook page “Exploratio”.

 

Photo: TuksExploratio facebook page

 

 

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