A woman spent almost 30 hours walking up and down Joburg’s scenic stairs. She hasn’t finished yet.

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Ingrid Avidon

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  • Ingrid Avidon has completed her first 12 Extreme Challenges, “Everesting” the Westcliff Stairs to help sponsor developing athletes.
  • On January 15 and 16, the athlete ascended and descended the Westcliff Stairs 177 times in almost 30 hours, beating his target of 30 hours.
  • The goal was to reach the exact altitude of Mount Everest in 30 hours. His next challenge is the War Trial Challenge in February.
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Ingrid Avidon walked up and down the Westcliff stairs, Johannesburg, 177 times marking the start of her 12 Month Extreme Adventure Challenge. A challenge considered the first of its kind, especially for a woman, requires her to complete an extreme challenge for each month of this year.

On January 15 and 16, she alternated between walking and running up the stairs at Westcliff. Her goal was to rack up the 8,848m elevation of Mount Everest on one condition: she couldn’t sleep. Each turn of the stairs located in the suburb of Randburg represents a 52 m ascent.

The former professor of physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand has spent her life overcoming countless challenges. This 12 x 12 challenge allows her to sponsor women who are extreme development and endurance athletes who do not have sufficient access to infrastructure, resources and support. Throughout the first challenge, Avidon was accepting sponsorships for Omphile Motaung she will do this throughout the remaining 11 months with other young women.

For the next 11 months. the author also, will compete in War Trail Challenge, Race2Cradock, Race2Willomore, Iron Man Gqeberha, Indoor Rowing, Freedom Challenge Triathlon, 13 Peaks Challenge, Robben Island Swim, Fish River Canoe Marathon, at the Drakensberg Grand Traverse and the Surfski Race PE2 East London.

She based her selection of challenges on their ability to test her ability to take on extreme sports with endurance. The War Trail Challenge in the Northern Eastern Cape region is calling on daring mavericks to take part in the four-day adventure which kicks off on February 18, 2022. The challenge is split into three stages: 60km run or hiking, 120 km of mountain biking, and finally a 60km paddle.

Avidon documented his entire Westcliff “Everesting” challenge on instagram, looked:

The “Everesting” challenge started at 06:00 on January 15.

Nkosi sikelela…’

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By 08:30 Avidon had completed 18 flights of stairs

Avidon stands next to her board where she crosses out every turn.

Avidon stands next to her board where she crosses out every turn.

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30 flights in 4 hours Avidon receives an essential deployment.

Avidon gets a much-needed deployment.

Avidon gets a much-needed deployment.

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At 5 a.m. she had completed 33 flights of stairs with 25 more hours to go.

Five o'clock in 'Everesting' the stairs of Westcliff.

Five o’clock in ‘Everesting’ the stairs of Westcliff.

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At 1:44 p.m. with 50 flights performed on average 9 minutes per flight. She maintained this average until her 60th lap.

Panoramic views of the Westcliff stairs as Avidon and his supporter complete his 60th lap.

Panoramic views of the Westcliff stairs as Avidon and his supporter complete his 60th lap.

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At 10:30 p.m., she reached 100 flights with only 77 to go.

Image taken at 12 o'clock with 76 laps completed.

Image taken at 12 o’clock with 76 laps completed.

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By 12:30 a.m. on January 16, 18 hours and 30 minutes into the challenge, she had 110 hard-earned flights.

Tight clamping…

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…she may need a bigger ice bath next time.

With 170 flights made and dusted, there were 7 left on Sunday morning at 9:04 a.m.

This too should pass…

With 7 rounds remaining, Avidon receives much-needed support.

With 7 rounds remaining, Avidon receives much-needed support.

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Avidon is joined by her supporters with just 5 flights remaining.

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Breaking the 30 hour mark, Avidon completed the challenge in 28 hours and 4 seconds.

Avidon at the end of the 'everesting' challenge.

Avidon at the end of the ‘everesting’ challenge.

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… and indeed it happened.

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