I walked up all of these today. #StepUpMountain 20th floor in Battersea's Somerset estate. #StepUpMountain

Join me on the #StepUpMountain challenge from Monday

I have set myself the challenge to step up to the height of Mount Everest (8848 metres / 29,035 feet) without leaving London. I plan to do this by exploring London’s skyscrapers and high-rise buildings over 10 consecutive days. I love going on adventures in London and am excited to start this big challenge.

My challenge starts on Monday (8th September) and I would love for you to join me…

The #StepUpMountain challenge is something that we can all do. Without leaving your home, office, school, neighbourhood or city you can ascend the equivalent of Ben Nevis in a day, week or month. You could aim to hike the height of Snowdon by avoiding lifts or aim to climb the height of Everest collaboratively as a team. Simply accumulate over 2,000ft (609m) and you will have stepped up to the height of the mountain.

Step Up Mountain Challenge

 

Ordnance Survey have been helping me to plan and prepare for my #StepUpMountain challenge in London. As well as providing my with important location data and mapping, they have created us all this great calculator. Simply type in the number of steps you have taken… or plan to take… and it will tell you what you could have walked the height of. It also shows how many more steps you need to take to reach higher points. For more details on the calculator see the Ordnance Survey blog.

This is a great tool for schools and I do hope lots of young explorers join in.

Over the walk I am going to face a number of challenges. I worried about my feet for starters, but luckily the urban environment means that I will be able to wear some very comfy trainers. The number of shops nearby will mean that I can easily get food and water during the day too.

While the city may keep my energy levels fuelled, it has been very hard to get permission to access buildings. I have a few thousand feet pre-planned, but I am going to have to blag around 200 floors of elevation a day – which is going to be hard… very hard.

Technically I also need to keep track of my accumulated height. I’ll be using Ordnance Survey’s Locate App, a Garmin GPS, Fitbit and my ability to count to keep track of my progress.

My biggest challenge is my level of fitness. I’ve not tried to walk the height of Everest from sea level before… so we’ll see how it goes. 

You can keep track of me and join in on Twitter using #StepUpMountain.

I hope you are up for joining in.

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