What a beautiful day to kick off the Titirangi Mt Everest Challenge! The maunga has been a hive of activity all morning, and already 100 climbs have been logged on the website.
Tonight, we’re holding an opening event, where we’ll have a group climb leaving Te Poho-O-Rawiri Marae at 5:30, followed by a welcome, blessing and a chance to purchase one of the new T-shirts at the summit.
The T-shirts will be sold for $20 cash only, and 100% of the sale is donated to bowel cancer patients in Tairāwhiti
📣 We’ve received a heap of feedback that some of our coast communities would love to get involved, but can’t make it to town often enough to participate. At the end of the day, this event is about setting a personal challenge, and getting outdoors and active with whānau. We hope that in other areas, communities can recreate that same awesome environment that Titirangi becomes during this event.
So with that in mind, you can now climb any of the awesome maunga in our region (or further afield), convert your climbs to match Titirangi – the home of the challenge, and enter them on the tracking platform along with everyone else.
To convert your climbs, you can use the handy chart below, or take the number of metres you’ve climbed (heaps of apps to find that), and divide it by 130 (that’s the height of Titirangi).
So if you climb 300 metres, you divide it by 130 (that equals 2.3), round it down because you’re honest 😉 and enter two climbs on the website.
Remember, Titirangi is a safe challenge environment. There are safety signs for cars, a one-way road and access is allowed. If you’re climbing other maunga, take safety precautions and make sure you’re allowed to be there.
Note: If you’re climbing Titirangi in Gisborne, walking from the bottom to the top, and back down counts as one climb. If you go up and over the maunga, then back again (climbing up the hill twice) that counts as two climbs.
Join the community!
We’ve set up a Facebook community to connect all participants of the Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge. It’s a community where you can share notices, photos, stories and anything else related to the challenge.
To get involved, join with the link below!
For your safety, the road will be made one way for the duration of the event.
With a large number of users on the road, cars travelling up and down Queens Dr has been a safety concern in previous years.
The Gisborne District Council are generously supporting the event by implementing a traffic management plan which will limit traffic to one-way only from the 23rd of September to the 10th of November.
As part of the 2016 Titirangi Reserve Management Plan, Council also made a commitment to consider future options for a one-way road and traffic calming measures. This was supported during community consultation. The Everest Challenge presents GDC the opportunity to trial a one-way road from Queens Drive to Endcliffe Road utilising temporary traffic management.
From 2018, Bowel Cancer sufferers in Tairāwhiti will each receive a kete of gas vouchers and specialist information, to provide support in their time of need. The initiative, driven by Fiona Shivnan, was made possible by the generous donations of participants in the 2017 Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge. Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Events Advisor Debbie Hutchings says, “we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Titirangi Challenge community. Their donations have made a truly special initiative possible.”
Significant contributions were made by Gisborne Pak N’ Save, and Ovation, which drove the total funds raised close to $5,000.
Each kete will contain $250 in petrol vouchers, to assist in the expensive travel costs for patients travelling for treatment, as well as a range of support resources for both the patient and their whānau, created by The Cancer Society.
At the start of this year, we asked you how we could improve the Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge, and you gave us a heap of great ideas, many of which led this year to being the biggest and best yet. We’d like to ask you once again how we could improve the challenge, in hope that we can improve even further for next year.
At the end of the survey, you can order your customised certificate!
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