Kids, Adults and Seniors Invited to Find Out What it Takes to Reach the Top of the World

Minneapolis, MN – The YMCA, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, will host ForEverest events on Sunday, May 7 at Camp Ihduhapi and Sunday, May 21 at Camp St. Croix.  ForEverest was previously the largest climbing event in the Midwest and has now evolved into a dual-experience event – the Camp Edition and the Ultra Climbing experience.

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 YMCA Camp Ihduhapi and Camp St. Croix to give people of all ages a taste of what it’s like to reach the Summit.

NEW for 2023:

The Experience: Reaching the top of the world is no easy feat – it requires physical and mental strength, dedication, perseverance, and belief in a person’s ability to overcome. At ForEverest, participants will use their custom passport to experience fun activity stations that help them fuel their body, build personal belief, be in awe of nature and have fun along the journey.

Ultra-Climbing Option: For the serious hikers, runners, and challengers that want to climb the equivalent of 12,000 feet of the journey from Basecamp to the Summit of Mt. Everest, the Ultra-Climber option also includes the Camp Edition experience, with 12 hours to complete your goal.

“There’s a universal intrigue about Mount Everest, and what it takes to reach the Summit. ForEverest gives us a taste of the Everest experience, and it’s fun for all ages,” said Betsy Grams, vice president of Adventure at the Y.

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

The registration cost is $18 per person for the Camp Edition, and $30 for the Ultra-Climbing Experience, with discounts for registering two or more climbers. For more information and to register, visit

YMCA Adventure, Camp Ihduhapi and Camp St. Croix

ForEverest West
ForEverest East

Noon -4:00 p.m.
Ultra-Climbing Experience 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday May 7, 2023 ForEverest West at Camp Ihduhapi on 3425 Ihduhapi Road in Loretto, MN 55357|Sunday May 21, 2023 ForEverest East at Camp St. Croix on 532 County Road F in Hudson, WI 54016

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 167 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