Two Estonians plan to 'conquer Everest' on Kiviõli Ash Heap

Cover photo of Kiviõli 'everesting' Facebook event.
Cover photo of Kiviõli 'everesting' Facebook event. Source: Screenshot.

On August 1, Olle Rõuk and Rain Seepõld are planning to start their journey to become the first Estonians to 'everest' Kiviõli Ash Heap by foot. In order to achieve the 8,488 m of ascent meters, the men have to walk around 90 km.

'Everesting' is an activity in which traditionally cyclists ascend and descend a given hill multiple times, in order to have cumulatively climbed 8,848 metres (the elevation of Mount Everest).

Rõuk and Seepõld, who will 'everest' Kiviõli Ash Heap by foot, are calling their undertaking a vertical-maniacal performance.

The two have measured that it is possible to collect 71 m on each ascent of Kiviõli Ash Heap, meaning they will have to walk up (and down) the hill 125 times.

However, in order to achieve 71 ascent meters in Kiviõli, one must walk 360 m up the hill, meaning that 'conquering Everest' will be around 90 km of walking.

Kiviõli is symbolic for 'everesting', as Helme Suuk, a speech therapist working in Kiviõli was the first woman in the Baltics to receive a Snow Leopard award, a Soviet mountaineering award given to experienced climbers. Suuk still participates in different sporting events in the region.

Alo Alunurm was the first Estonian to 'everest' a mountain in Estonia by bicycle, when he did it on Suur Munamägi in 2018.


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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