Kids, Adults and Seniors Choose Climb Time for a Safe Adventurous Journey to the Summit

Minneapolis, MN – The YMCA, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, will host ForEverest on Tuesday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 23, at Hyland Hills Ski Area in Bloomington. 

Fewer than 4,000 people have ever climbed Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth at 29,029 feet and the most epic climb in the world. To simulate a mini-version of the Everest climb, the YMCA has partnered with Three Rivers Parks District to create a journey that starts at basecamp (bottom of ski hills) leading to the summit by climbing several of the ski runs at Hyland Hills. The ForEverest event is for kids, adults and seniors aged 5-99 of all abilities. Modified for safety guidelines, participants choose a ‘Climb Time’ similar to golfers choosing a tee-time. Climb Times are limited to 30 participants every 15 minutes to create natural physical distancing between families. 

NEW for 2021: The course will be open all night from Tuesday – Wednesday to accommodate climbers who set a goal to achieve the 12,000 vertical feet from basecamp to the summit of Mt. Everest. This goal takes 93 climbs at Hyland Hills! 

“ForEverest offers each of us a taste of what it’s like to climb Mount Everest right here in the Twin Cities,” said Glen Gunderson, president of the Y. “Climbers from across the community have the opportunity to train beforehand if the they want and then go out with everyone to conquer the climb as individuals or with family, friends or a group. Together everyone will enjoy an exhilarating event promoting health and wellbeing.”

ForEverest offers a path to the summit for everyone from hikers to runners, with fun and interesting learning opportunities along the way.

Participants can take part in the free 7Summits Training Challenge, designed to help build the traits needed to complete the climb, journey from sea level to basecamp by earning vertical feet each time a person completes and tracks exercise sessions, mental toughness tasks and nature-related activities. To help build healthy habits and pre-event readiness with the ForEverest Training Challenge, visit

The registration cost is $33 per person with discounts for registering two or more climbers. For more information and to register, visit Each climber earns a custom finishers’ award at the summit.

YMCA, CycleHealth - the adventure initiative of the YMCA, and Three Rivers Parks District.


Hyland Hills Ski Area at 8800 Chalet Road in Bloomington, MN 55438

Tuesday, June 22, and Wednesday, June 23, 2020 with morning, afternoon, and evening climb times both days.

About the YMCA of the North

The YMCA of the North is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Established 164 years ago, the Ys provide life-strengthening services across the greater Twin Cities metro region, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin communities.  The 29 Y locations and program sites, eight overnight camps, 10 day camps, and more than 90 child care sites engage more than 370,000 men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds.  To learn more about the Y’s mission and work, visit