It’s some kind of obsession I started after reading about a mountain biker by the name of Mark Weir who climbed 1 million feet in a calendar year. Reudi Beglinger did it backcountry skiing as well. Many Tour de France riders hit the mark and didn’t even notice. Since I get bored doing just one activity, I figured I would combine my two favorite activities of mountain biking and backcountry skiing, which I can do endlessly for hours and hours at a time.
There’s nothing like living in the moment. Once you get past the first half an hour you are in the mode. The hard part is finding the motivation to slog up some slope or pedal up a trail.
Most of the climbing was done in the Cascades and the Coast mountains which are notorious for heinous approaches where bushwhacking and long flat approaches are the norm. I completed 1 million vertical feet last year. I kept at it once again and hit 2 million in less than two years.