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Why We Climb

In 2015, a team of 14 set off on our first Everest in the Alps challenge: to ascend 8,848 metres – the height of Everest – on skis, over four days in the Alps. It was the ultimate ski touring challenge and a world first.

Our inspiration and motivation was a brave little boy, Toby, and those like him who are diagnosed with brain tumours. We raised over £3 million for The Brain Tumour Charity, helping to fund a new research facility, The Everest Centre, which is now leading vital work in the area of paediatric low grade brain tumours.

Gearing up for our second ascent in February 2018, the challenge was no less intimidating. This time we had six teams taking part – ordinary people completing an extraordinary challenge for an extraordinary cause. The pace was relentless, and the weather merciless, with temperatures dropping to – 30˚C. Despite it all our team’s raised over £1 million, supporting the valuable research and work of The Brain Tumour Charity.

The 2019 Challenge will mark a new step in our journey, inviting you to join the few who have completed this monumental ascent, and face the height of Everest for a cause close to your heart.

We’re not just raising money. We are also inspiring people to take on the biggest challenge of their lives; to push themselves to the edge, to find their peak through months of physical preparation and huge determination.

As both a challenge and a cause, Everest in the Alps will transform you. Find your Everest.


Q and A with Harry Taylor

Q and A with Harry Taylor. IFMGA Mountain Guide, Harry Taylor, is a former British SAS member, mountaineer and security advisor. He was also the lead guide for our 2018 challenge. Having climbed on Everest nine times, he is the second British man to have reached the summit without supplementary ...


Who takes on the challenge of a lifetime… twice?!?

Here we catch up with Jeremy Hunter, one of the few to have completed this monumental ascent… twice! Completing this challenge twice is a major accomplishment! Starting at the beginning, what initially led you to take on the challenge? I have known the Ritchie Family for a long time and ...


How to find your peak fitness

By Becky Scott – RS Performance Training.   During 2017/18 I was fortunate to work with teams taking part in the 2018 Everest in the Alps challenge. We had big team gatherings in London to discuss to different training plans whilst I worked closely with Toby’s team training a couple ...