You’re miles into your Mudder—already exhausted, with dried mud on your face. You stop, look up, and there it is: Everest 2.0. There’s just one thought going through your mind: How do I get up this thing?
The answer: teamwork. No matter what Mudder event you’re conquering, from Tough Mudder 5K to Tough Mudder Full to Tough Mudder X, you’ll need the help of your teammates to scale this beast -- a 13-foot quarter-pipe with a curved top (just to make it that much harder to grab ahold).
Beyond your buddies’ helping hands, here are five tips that can help you get over the top of Everest 2.0, presented by Celsius:
1. Don't. Stop. Running.
In addition to all the motivating Mudders extending helping hands atop Tough Mudder's most ominous obstacle, you've got another great friend by your side at its base—physics. And just as your team gives you the emotional momentum you need to conquer Everest, your mass at its highest velocity gives you the likeliest chance of reaching the high point of an object. Translation? Start from far back and run… fast.
2. Think Up, Not At
The most common mistake made ascending Everest 2.0 is leaping too early—while there's precious ground yet to be covered. Unless we've (spoiler alert) drenched Everest 2.0 with water, soap or vegetable oil (oops), you should be able to get a full, strong footstep in at the three-quarters mark before it turns vertical.
3. Use Your Imagination
Just as Olympic sprinters are taught to envision the finish line yards beyond the actual finish line, it's best to imagine the summit of Everest 2.0 being a foot higher than it is, preventing you from slowing down at the most crucial moment. So don't zero in on the downward reaching hands of your fellow Mudders—keep your eyes on the summit or beyond.
4. It's in the Pits
If you manage to get your forearms flat and parallel to the obstacle’s top ledge with your armpits tucked in its lip, hold on tight. Once your fellow Mudders have their hands locked under your armpits, let them lift you if possible. If they're unable to, call out a three-count and swing your dominant leg to the upper ledge as they lift you. On a second three-count, roll over your dominant shoulder and onto the flat summit.
5. Pass It On
Whether you're a freak of nature who dominated Everest 2.0 sans help or a thirtieth-time’s-a-charm journeyman, no descent from Everest 2.0 should take place before helping at least one Mudder below. After thanking your spotters, get down, look down and boldly extend Tough Mudder's living icon—a muddy reaching hand.
Like Tough Mudder itself, your time on Everest 2.0 is about the experience. Spend some time at the base cheering on the Mudders ahead of you. Enjoy the rush of adrenaline as you plan your ascent. And most importantly, bask in the cooperative energy of the human spirit all around you—a spirit as inspiring and wondrous as Everest 2.0 itself.