Climbing for Sight Challenge 2021

  Posted on March 2, 2021 by Phoebe Chan

Henri, Cherissa, Ezra, Karis, and Pastor David Bill climbing ‘Ekoti ya monseigneur’ (Bishop’s hat), Republic of Congo

How do you climb a mountain? One step at a time!

While we’re socially distancing, we can still make a difference. Taking on Climbing for Sight Challenge will help raise much needed funds for the charity @newsightcongo. What’s more, it will increase your fitness level and give you the opportunity to enjoy being part of a growing community of #climbersforsight! The challenge can be completed either as an individual or as a team virtual climb over 30 days or any time period of your choice.

What does New Sight do? New Sight is a registered charity that helps people suffering from blindness and visual impairment in the Republic of Congo by restoring and protecting sight, through the provision of comprehensive and accessible eye care, and empower the community through education and training.

How does it work?

  1. Decide if you are going to do the challenge on your own or as a team effort by sharing the steps with family and friends.
  2. Try out by going up and down the stairs over a 10- or 30-minute period and see how many flights of stairs you can comfortably and safely achieve. This will help you set your daily goal. You might find it easier to just go up and down the bottom step or use an aerobic step.
  3. Choose a mountain to climb and do the maths: Calculate your target steps per day:

Steps per day = Total steps divided by time period chosen
Ascents / Flights of stairs per day = Steps per day divided by number of steps in a flight of stairs

For example, to climb Ben Nevis (mountain in Scotland) over 30 days
As an individual challenge, it will mean 8,810 steps divided by 30 days = 294 steps a day; 292 steps per day divided by 15 steps per flight of stairs = 20 ascents per day.
As a team challenge, e.g., if you do it with a friend, it will mean 294 steps a day divided by 2 persons = 147 steps a day or 10 ascents per day per person

This table may help you:

  1. Ask your contacts to support you: Get in touch with us and we will set your own fundraising page up:
  2. Start the climb: You can keep track using a tally sheet, or using an app to count the climb, or by i) putting a bowl of pasta shells or dried beans or toothpicks in the bottom of the stairs, ii) picking one up every time you go up the stairs and iii) dropping it in another bowl on the top of the stairs! Be sure to let us know how you get on!

For more information, please email us at

“Climbing is often group activity and it’s always inspiring to see how other people, who share your passions, do things.” – Fred Nicole, Swiss rock climber

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