Everest Triathlon

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Everest- Nuptze from Kala Pattar  © tomchyk
Everest- Nuptze from Kala Pattar
© tomchyk, Dec 2009

This is an excerpt from the full report on the BMC Website.

Charlie Wittmack plans a new slant on climbing Everest, by completing a triathlon that is being publicised as the possibly the toughest human endurance event yet conceived.

The 33-year-old practising lawyer from Iowa, who is also involved with the Department of Global Health at Des Moines University, starts in the UK with a 275-mile swim down the Thames to the sea and then across the English Channel to France.

From there he is planning to cycle 9,000 miles across Europe and Asia to reach the Bay of Bengal, his projected route taking in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzstan and China.

He will then run c950 miles from sea level up to the Nepalese Himalaya, where he hopes to finish his odyssey on the summit of Everest.

  • For more on this and other World mountaineering topics check the news by Lindsay Griffin on the BMC Website

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26 Jul, 2010
Should we tell him that he still has time to do something serious on grit, in anticipation of the inevitable UKC question, "But what has he done on.."?
26 Jul, 2010
I say good luck to the chap, and would love to watch the film when it comes out. And he probably has done an e4 on grit!!
26 Jul, 2010
Could've decided to swim from Rhode Island or somesuch. That'd be impressive... What a great adventure this'll be. Every ounce of luck to him. Uncle (eats 10,000 mile tri's for breakfast) Boz
26 Jul, 2010
Good luck to him but it does seem like a bigger higher further circus. I'm planning a similar attempt using a unicycle and pogo stick....
26 Jul, 2010
Why not make it a proper triathlon race?
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