Requirements & Training

Who can create ALPIN8 Everesting?

Are you intrigued by the idea of everesting? Imagine the feeling of having made it – more than you’ve ever made before? And at the same time, do you have doubts, maybe even fear, about whether you can do it at all? Then you’re like us before our own Everesting. 

We both had these thoughts. On the one hand, a fascination with the challenge of Everesting and an extreme desire to experience it for yourself. On the other hand, the uncertainty of whether we would make it.

We would like to tell you: You can definitely do it. But we can’t, because there is no guarantee. But what we can say in any case: There is the possibility, indeed the Probability that you can create an Everesting. Our own history has shown it. 

We are not professional athletes. Yes, we like to do sports, ride road bikes and mountain bikes, go hiking in the mountains. But we are not professionals who train many hours day after day. 

Neither of us had ever run a half marathon before. Let alone a full marathon or even ultramarathon. But that is also not necessary to create an Everesting. What matters in Everesting is your stamina, your bite, your willingness to tolerate pain and fatigue while pushing yourself to your limits. 

Physical fitness is an advantage, definitely. And you should prepare for your Everesting, go hiking regularly, preferably uphill. Prepare your muscles, vision and ligaments for the stress of Everesting by going on extended hikes, running for many hours at a time. 

Unfortunately, there is no universal recipe. But you can better appreciate yourself by telling you about us and how we prepared for our Everesting.

From basic fitness to everesting fitness

Saskia

“My basic fitness comes mainly from mountain biking and hiking. In everyday life I do the following things:

  • Between 1 and 3 mountain bike tours per week (2-4 hours each)
  • 2 longer hikes per month (12+ kilometers and mostly 600-1200 meters of altitude)
  • Regular stretching for flexibility
  • Strength training at the gym 1 to 2 times a week

On average, I do about 6-10 hours of exercise a week.”

Flores

“My basic fitness comes from road biking and hiking. In everyday life I do the following things:

  • Between 1 and 2 road bike tours per week (3-5 hours)
  • 2 longer hikes per month (12+ kilometers and mostly 600-1200 vertical meters)
  • Yoga 3 times a week for flexibility and strength

I also average 6-10 hours of exercise per week.”

We both go hiking in the mountains 1-2 times a year for several days at a time. Either from hut to hut, with tent, or several day hikes. Accordingly, our body is quite accustomed to sometimes doing sports and performing on several days in a row. 

This basic fitness is a great prerequisite for Everesting. You don’t have to do the exact same things we do. Playing soccer, jogging or swimming also provide good basic fitness, which is the cornerstone for successful everesting. 

Preparation for Everesting

When it was clear that we would try an Everesting, we intensified our sports activities, especially the hikes with a lot of altitude.

  • 2 to 3 times a week a hike with many meters of altitude at a stretch
The mountains around Freiburg served as our training route. Sometimes after work on the Rosskopf, or early in the morning before work on the Schauinsland and down again with the gondola.
We had similar equipment as for Everesting: light clothing and running shoes, as well as hiking poles and a small backpack.

We recommend a test 2 weeks before your Everesting, where you run about a quarter of the altitude meters at a time . The best way to do this is to find a mountain with a gondola or the possibility to go back down by car.

We made our test at the Schauinsland in Freiburg:

  • 3 times in a row on the Schauinsland
That was a total of 2160 vertical meters – a quarter of an Everesting. Provided that goes well and you feel you can give even more, you should be well prepared for ALPIN8.

You can do so much more than you think!

If your physical fitness is at about this level, you bring super prerequisites. Then, if you manage to combine your fitness with your mental strength, chances are you’ll make your Everesting. There is so much more in each of us than we give ourselves credit for. There is so much more to you than you think! 

NEW: The ALPIN8 training plan

When you register, you will receive a training plan that will give you inspiration on how to properly prepare for your Everesting with ALPIN8. The plan covers the three key areas of strength, endurance and mental training – and he is improving from week to week. Of course, we are aware that a training plan is very individual and does not look the same for everyone. Therefore, see our proposal as helpful guidelinehow you can prepare for the event. Listen to your body and do your thing – maybe more, maybe less. Ultimately, many roads lead to Mount Everest.

If you register by March 21, you will receive our 6-month training plan.
If you register after March 22, you will receive our 3-month training plan.

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