Everesting Challenge - Raising funds SME's and for Mental Health

By Will Alexander

My Activity Tracking

27
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Climbing in support of SME's and Mental Health

As we approach the end of the year, I can’t help but reflect on the reality of the situation we are in currently across New Zealand and throughout the world. I am extremely fortunate to be living in relative freedom in Havelock North with my wife and two kids. But, I work for an Auckland based business that I cannot physically access, and I cannot escape the sense of helplessness regarding the situation, a paralysis and frustration to varying degrees which is shared across so many other businesses throughout the entire Auckland Region. 


The heavy lifting during the pandemic is done by the front-line health workers, but it is the small to medium businesses that have remained shut for almost three months who are also feeling huge pain. I cannot imagine the position they are in both financially and mentally and like the rest of New Zealand I feel so incredibly sorry for them. 


However, I have a personal plan to help. On the 26th - 27th of November, I am going to have a crack at the Everesting Running Record for New Zealand. And I am doing this to raise money and awareness for SME’s across Auckland City. 


What is Everesting? Well, it is bloody tough and borderline stupid, but what great adventure or pioneering feat isn’t! To put it simply, Everesting is about climbing, running or riding the equivalent height of Mt Everest (8848m) as quickly as you can in one go without stopping. This has become a popular test of mental and physical endurance and I feel it is quite fitting for the current situation. 


Everesting is serious, and there are quite specific rules and regulations for the attempt to be considered and ratified by the governing body. More information can be found on their site; www.everesting.cc In a nutshell, for running it generally takes more than 20 hours, you can only have a two hour break and the total distance you can expect to travel (depending on the gradient) is around 85-100km. The unassisted running record for New Zealand is 21 hours. 


At the end of November, my goal is to set a new record for NZ and to also get a time in the top 10 for the world. I also want to raise $1.00 for every vertical foot I climb and at 8848 m, that translates to 29,028 ft or $29,000. Which I will personally top up to $30,000 if we get to that goal. The details of my attempt can be found on the following page, and it will be recorded live via Strava. Basically, I am running from the lower carpark of Te Mata peak straight up the yellow track and back down 30 times.


Event Information

Friday 26th November 17:30 - 12:00
Chambers Walk Carpark, Te Mata Peak, Havelock North

My Achievements

Added profile pic

Shared page

First five donations

Half way to goal

Added blog post

Reached goal

My updates

Mission Accomplished

Sunday 28th Nov
Local Focus: Everesting challenge in Hawke's Bay a good deed https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/local-focus-everesting-challenge-in-hawkes-bay-a-good-deed/GP2ORUAMWIZJXBNYKCS4BIK5XY/

Mounting a Serious Attempt

Thursday 25th Nov
Never underestimate the preparation that goes in behind the big adventures we take on in life. Fortunately I have the added luxury of not worrying about weight!

24 Hours to go…

Thursday 25th Nov
Final preparations. A necessary item when pushing to the maximum, need to keep track of the number of ascents and descents.

48 Hours to go. Final Preparation

Wednesday 24th Nov
Not much to do now. Nothing better than a sleep in for a change with my little man. Feeling rested and ready.

Everesting for Mental Health - Captured in the media

Tuesday 23rd Nov
Really proud to get this story out there further to build awareness and support for struggling businesses in Auckland. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/hawkes-bay-runner-plans-to-scale-te-mata-peak-30-times-in-a-day/VY2KJDY3J2NUOFASSM6M5YHHZQ/

Trusted Training Partner.. And wife!

Monday 22nd Nov
Big miles are always challenging but sharing them with my wife Emma always makes the time go quickly.

80km in the weekend.

Monday 22nd Nov
Finishing touches are done with 45k on Saturday and 35k on Sunday. Great running around the beautiful Kinloch trails. Easy week ahead then I am good to go for this Friday at 5:30pm

45km - Test run

Saturday 20th Nov
Great run around Kinloch, Kawakawa and all the amazing trials. Body is almost ready, fitness is good. Ready for next weekend.

Everesting Trial Run - Descending is the killer!

Wednesday 17th Nov
I know the peak well, but today I wanted to go up and down the route a couple of times after a heavy weights session to simulate fatigue. 

For sure, the killer will be coming down and the success of the attempt will come down to nutrition and pacing. Roughly 1200 calories per hour after the trial run so I will be eating a lot when I can. 

Thank you to my Sponsors

$104

Hamish Kemp

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Henry

I'm super impressed! Happy to support a worthy cause

$260

Joe Snee - Property Brokers Hb

Great effort Will, from your HB Property Brokers family

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Russell Lundy

Fantastic effort, Fantastic cause

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Carla Crasborn

Awesome and great effort! Congrats and hope you will reach the results you targeted!

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One Place

Well done mate ! A supberb effort for a good cause

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Logan Niederer

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Lucy Nicoll

Congrats and a great cause

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Priya Patel

Incredible Will! Why is this not in the news

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Kate Ritani

Absolutely amazing achievement Will! Not a bad effort for your 40th year!!

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Wendy Alexander

So fun to be part of it all Will and so proud. This donation is from 2 people in the car park yesterday who gave me cash while they were watching and couldn’t believe what you were achieving.

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Janey

Awesome work

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Jean Smith

well done, great cause

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Hamish Bond

A crazy effort. I canmot fathom running 126km, half uphill

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Fiona Goff

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Becky Revell

The Revell boys and I are So proud of you Will. What an amazing achievement for such a great cause. You are legend x

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Diane Bolton

Well done Will.

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Fee & Andy White

Bloody incredible effort! Absolute legend & fantastic cause.

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Anonymous

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The Robsons

We saw you when you had 6 left to do. Amazing effort for a great cause. Ka pai!

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Property Brokers

Amazing achievement from a very determined man!!

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Shsnel And Phil Murray

Awesome work. Privileged to be a tiny part of it .

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Nicole Lambe

Awesome job Will.

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Rose Bermudez

Bloody legend. 2 laps to go.

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Richard Tichborne

Go Wills!! from Rich and Kelly

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Adapt Accounting

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Linda Buttle

You are an inspiration to us all to do more in a disturbing world. Hope our thoughts lift you and carry you the remaining painful kms.

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Brittany Lupton

Hens do in Te Mata Peak - THANK YOU

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Bronwyn Bauckham

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Janet And Bill Turvey

Hope you made it. We saw you at the top on your 19th leg. Awesome achievement and a great cause.

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Paul Garland

Well done mate. It’s more than just the money you are helping other people stay strong. Kia kaha

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Tsara Haupt

Awesome Will. We passed you a couple of times en-route. Looking strong. Keep it up. Great cause

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Alanda, Colin, Teigan & Aoife Rafferty

A huge challenge! And in this heat! Harder than biking it as you have to run down again!! Hope you do it❤️!!

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Luke Irving

Well done mate…amazing effort…

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Theresa

Amazing effort! Way to go!

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Anonymous

Legend - you are reaching far and wide

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Vanessa Young

Go Will!! You’re awesome

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Melanie Bennett

What a challenge. Impressed!

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Monique Tichborne

What a goal! Best of luck Wills xx

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Tracy And Peter

Great cause, unbelievable goal! Good luck Will!!

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Anonymous

I'm in awe of this, go well

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Anonymous

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Jade And Kevin Manuel

Such an amazing cause. Good luck!

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Lizzie And Ali

Go hard Will what an amazing challenge!

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Marilyn And Jeff Farmer

We hope these 100 steps help you along your journey!!

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Anonymous

Give it heaps

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Jo Nicholas

All the best!

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Jodie Dahlkvist

Good luck Will!! what a great course! You've got this 🙌

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Pam Hight

Good Luck Will! Will follow you with interest.

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Paul & Lisa Roache

Mate if anyone can do it, you can. Great cause and good luck!

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Elliot Mackie

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Anonymous

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Charlie Elley

Well Done Will. A cause close to my heart.....

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Elle

Go well

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Rachel Garnham

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Mitre10 Mega Palmerston North

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Stephanie Campbell

Hi Will - hoping everything is on your side for the weekend - such an amazing wffort for such a great cause. Stephanie

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Emma Buttle

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Priya G

Great cause Will! Cheering you on virtually!

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Mcdonald Real Estate

Good luck Will and team!

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Gail Hudson

best wishes for a good climb Will

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Tania Greig

Go well you mad crazy thing x

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Kiri

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Jo Clifford

Well done Will on your efforts. Your Mum is incredibly proud you are doing this!

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Allan Bowie

Absolutely nuts but all for a great cause. Can't wait to see your time!

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Poppy Bussell

The ultimate 'doer'. Proud to know you Will

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Dad

Proud of you for taking on the challenge

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Catherine Goodwin

You have my heartfelt best wishes, Will. What a behemoth challenge, and one I have no doubt you will accomplish. From all the Team at Goodwins - we'll be cheering for you (from locked-down Auckland)!

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Cuan

Go Will Go!

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Mark Coffey

Good Luck Will Even if you can't make it 30 times it is still a greayt challange. Great cause so well done.

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Cat Mueller

Go Will!! This is awesome, how amazing it will feel to have ‘knocked the bastard off!!’

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Mike Taylor

Good luck ! Cat and I will come cheer you on

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Gillian Dawe

Good on you - a great and portent cause

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Vicki Calder

Good luck Will. With your determination, you will get there.

$510

Claudia

Amazing effort! Seriously impressed. Good luck out there, it takes a whole lot of determination.

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Diane Bolton

Good luck Will.

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Darren And Kendall

Go hard mate!

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Paul King

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Cfo 4 U

You are absolutely nuts, Will. Good on you and all the best with you crazy adventure. Julian

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Kate Marshall

Awesome challenge Will, for a great cause. Pat on the back from me. Go well.

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John Bradley

Where there's a "Will" there's a way.

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Anonymous

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Misha

Stay curious Will.

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Any

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Emma Alexander

It always seems impossible until it’s done

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Russ

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Wendy&dean

Go well and take care

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Wendy Alexander

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Rod Inglis

Go for it Will

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Kim Osborn

Go hard, travel safe and you know what we think!

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Anna Tichborne

Good luck Will! Awesome cause - you got this!

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Madeline Bristow

Good luck!

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Wendy Alexander

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Lorraine Thomson

You can do it Will. I love your tenacity and empathy.

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Tom Burdick

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Carole Campbell

You are amazing Will. You will smash this!

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Wendy Alexander

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Julie Sowersby

What an amazing and inspiring adventure..go hard Will ! Stay strong, behind you 100%

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Abbie Brown

With or without tutu Will?! Such an awesome challenge and cause and you totally have our support. You’re awesome…knock that peak off!

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Michelle Hicks

Good on you Will, all the best, regards Paul and Michelle

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Oxygen Property Management

All the best Will, we're sure you'll do well

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Chelene Fourie

Such a great case - go hard Will!!

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Melisa B

What a superhero!!! Really incredible commitment and cause. Best of luck to you. We will be thinking of you cheering for you

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Jade Valler

Insane effort ! Good luck 👍 look forward to following on strava !

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Jo Rae

Awesome Will, helping people and giving them support through your actions.

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Sherif Hassan

Great cause, good luck!

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Jeremy Mcclure

All the best Will, Great Cause

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Df

Good on you mate! Go get em tiger!

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Will Alexander