A cyclist from British Columbia will today complete his goal of climbing one million vertical feet. To achieve this, Travis Streb has scaled the roughly 3,300ft (1,000m) Mount Seymour pretty much every day for a year.
Everesting – cycling the elevation of the world’s highest peak via hill repeats – is an increasingly popular activity. CTV News reports that Streb’s feat is equivalent to riding up it around 33 times.
“At the beginning of the year, it seemed a pretty daunting task,” he said.
His efforts have so far raised over $11,000 for pancreatic cancer research, but he says he’s going to carry on until the end of the year.
While he once did 10 ascents in a single day, he’s understandably aimed for day-in day-out consistency.
"You get anxiety about it because if you miss a day, you think 'I got to find a way to get that extra vertical in this week,' and mentally that's a little draining," he said.
Sometimes he does half his climbing in the morning and half in the evening.
"For me, it's about purpose," he told CTV News. "This year has been about what can I do to leave this world in a better place than I found it."