The Pike's Peak and Beyond Vertical Challenge is a virtual climb up Pikes Peak (and other milestones along the way) via Jacob's Ladder in Cameron Park, Waco, TX. Each 88 step climb up Jacob's Ladder is approximately a 70 ft. elevation gain. So, to complete the 5,530 ft. trek up Pikes Peak you will be climbing Jacob's Ladder 79 times. For the technically inclined, we are using the mountain peak’s "prominence" (relative height) as the elevation gain.
You have from January 1st to January 31st to complete the challenge. No sweat! That’s just a little more than 2 climbs up Jacob’s Ladder per day (or 18 climbs per week). Everyone that reaches the top of Pike's Peak will be entered in a drawing for a free prize to be held in early February.
There are several milestones on your journey to virtually climb Pike's Peak via Jacob's Ladder.
|Milestone||Elevation Gain||Climbs up Jacob's Ladder|
|Alico Building||282 ft.||4|
|Enchanted Rock |
|Empire State Building||1,250 ft.||18|
|Guadalupe Peak |
|Pike's Peak||5,530 ft.||79|
For those that want to go above and beyond Pike's Peak, here are few more milestones.
|Mountain Peak||Elevation Gain||Climbs|
|Grand Teton||6,545 ft.||94|
|Mt. Whitney||10,080 ft.||144|
|Mt. Rainier||13,210 ft.||189|
To minimize congestion on Jacob’s Ladder, we recommend that you only climb UP Jacob’s Ladder. At the top, follow Sturgis Road down to the Redwood Shelter and then back to the bottom of Jacob’s Ladder. This will also give your legs a little time to recover from the climb. Click here for a map of our suggested route.
Be sure to report your progress and have a safe virtual climb up Pike's Peak.