About Power To Summit

The Race Details
Prizing and Incentives
Social Media
Fundraising Resources
Race Rules, Resources, and FAQ


Over the course of three days (May 27th – 29th), teams will work together to cumulatively complete the elevation of Mt Everest.

Racers can gain elevation anywhere. Climb the stairs in your house, a hiking trail, an inclined street, or a hill in your neighbourhood… as long as you are respecting the federal and provincial guidelines regarding physical distancing and other preventative measures surrounding COVID-19. In the spirit of Power To Be, racers can expect a little competition and of course lots of fun along the way, with Best Dressed, Team Spirit and Social Media Challenges throughout the journey. By the end of the event, teams can be proud of having worked together to virtually summit a peak for a great cause.


In 2010, a group of Power To Be supporters, and our founder, set off on an expedition to summit Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness for our mission of removing barriers and creating access to nature. Power To Summit celebrates their achievement selecting a different peak to summit virtually every year.

In 2022 we invite you to join us on our virtual summit of the world’s highest peak – Mt. Everest.


  • Event Date – Friday, May 27th through Sunday, May 29th
  • Registration Opens – March 1st – 12 noon
  • Power To Summit Information Webinar – Wednesday, May 18th – 12 noon
  • Racer Kit Delivery – Dates TBD
  • Race Start  – Friday, May 27th – 12 noon
  • Race cut-off for Prizing, Elevation & Time – Sunday, May 29th – 4pm
  • Post Race Virtual Celebration – Sunday May, 29th – 5:00 – 5:30pm

Prizing & Incentives

Prior to Race:

  • Raise $1000, or more, before 11:59am on May 27th, get virtually choppered-in by Helijet to Namche Bazaar. By reaching this goal, your team will only have 5408m to climb.
  • Raise $2000, or more, before 11:59am on May 27th, get virtually choppered-in by Helijet to Namche Bazaar, and get entered into a draw for a One Night Stay in an Ocean View Suite at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa X4.

During Race:

  • Team who fundraises the most between 12pm Friday, May 27th– 12pm Saturday, May 28th  (PST) wins 4 prizes
  • Team who fundraises the most between 12pm Saturday, May 28th – 12pm Sunday, May 29th (PST) wins 4 prizes

Post Race Team Awards:

  1. Act of Kindness Award
  2. Top Individual Fundraiser
  3. Team Spirit Award
  4. Best Dressed Award
  5. Fastest Team Award
  6. TELUS Social Media Challenge

Pre-Race Photo Sharing Challenge – Courtesy of TD

In their aspiration to improve the environment and in their support of Power To Be’s belief that everyone belongs in nature – our Environment Sponsor, TD, encourages their fellow racers to share their photos of the outdoors. Starting today, Earth Day 2022 until May 17th, 2022, you can post photos of nature to qualify for a prize draw courtesy of TD!

All photos posted on Twitter, Instagram and in the Power To Summit Facebook Group will be entered into a draw for a $250 gift certificate to Cactus Club. In order to qualify, remember to include your team name and tag @powertobe and hashtag #TDFEF. We will announce the winner at our Power To Summit Information Webinar on Wednesday, May 18th!

Join the TELUS Social Media Challenge

From the time you register, until the end of the race,
your team must share a minimum of 2 posts with photos of the team
to Instagram or Twitter and on the Power To Summit Facebook Group and tag the following:

Facebook/Twitter: @PowerToBe or Instagram: @Power_To_Be

•  All posts will enter teams into the Best Dressed and Team Spirit awards
•  The more you post, the greater your team’s chances to win
•  Racer bibs must be worn during in-race TELUS Social Media Challenge photos

Social Media


Keep up to date on everything Power To Summit through the event’s Facebook Group. Post photos of your fundraising efforts, share encouraging messages with fellow racers, swap ideas for where to gain elevation, and show off your team photos in training and of your summit! In order for your team to be considered for prizing, please ensure you are posting and engaging with other racers within this group.

Suggestion/Example posts:

Fundraising Resources


Visit our Fundraising & Promotion page for resources like fundraising ideas, prepared social media posts, and email templates to get you and your community engaged.

Please note:
• Some financial, legal or corporate entities may need to accept the cookies on Race Roster in order to proceed with your donation or registration.
• If you are donating or registering at work, the business you work with may have an internal firewall that blocks the needed actions to proceed. We suggest using your phone or home computer if this becomes an issue for you.
• Should you run into issues please notify acongdon@powertobe.ca

Race Rules, Resources, and FAQs


Rules and race details subject to change at the discretion of Power To Be


  • Racers are to walk or run their elevation gain. Should a racer require an alternate method of completing elevation, they must have a plan approved by the Race Inclusion Ambassador.
  • Teams are made up of four racers. If you would like to race with fewer than four, please contact our Race Inclusion Ambassador.
  • This is a non-motorized race.
  • Cycling to gain elevation is not allowed.
  • Racers must complete the online race waiver to participate.
  • Racers younger than 19 years must have a parent or guardian sign an additional consent form.
  • Team Captains will be required to register their race completion time and total elevation achieved in that time.
  • Racers can use an elevation tracking tool of their choice. We recommend the free version of Strava to track your elevation.
  • Racers are only to track the incline elevation and time.
  • Elevation can only be gained from sun up to sun down – no climbing in the dark!
  • Pets are not classified as racers.
  • Racers are required to create their own training and race plan including training and event locations, logistics, fundraising and a safety plan based on individuals and team’s abilities and health. It is highly recommended that all teams complete a Route Card.
  • High intensity physical activity can suppress your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. Participating in this event could put you at a greater risk of getting sick, including, but not limited to, COVID-19. Only you know your health and fitness levels to best determine your personal risk tolerance to participate in this event. Please refrain from participation if you have any underlying health considerations making you more at risk from cold or flu.
  • All participants are expected to follow physical distance protocols recommended by the Province of British Columbia.
  • Please contact our Race Ambassador should you require an adaptability tool.


  • Racer bibs must be worn in-race.
  • Racers bibs must be worn during in-race TELUS Social Media Challenge photos.

Race Planning Resources


•  Teams may use the tracking app of their choice. We highly recommend the free Strava app.
(Other options: Map My Run or a Fitbit).
•  Racers will be required to register their elevation in our Interactive Race Map: http://powertosummiteverest.com/
•  As you go along on your summit, post your elevation throughout the race weekend – this will let your friends and family know where you are in your climb and keep the pressure on your competition to the peak! Your team’s final elevation must be posted by 4pm on Sunday.
•  Teams can choose if they would like to compete for the ‘Fastest Team’ prize. Those that wish to participate must enter their total time by 4pm on Sunday. This award is an opt in challenge by choice.


Roads & Stairs


  • Taylor Way – 62m
    (Park Royal to Upper Levels Highway)
  • Wreck Beach Stairs – 75m


  • Churchill Drive the road up Mount Doug (164m) from gate to summit parking lot
  • Sinclair Hill (40m) from Cadboro Bay Road to UVic
  • Mount Tolmie (60m) Mayfair Drive




  • Whyte Lake – 238m
  • Grouse Grind – 853m
  • Grouse Grind to Dam Mountain – 1,113m
  • Saint Marks Summit– 460 m
  • Coquitlam Crunch – 244m
  • Mountain highway on Mt Fromme. Can be started from Lynn Valley Center mall – 748m
  • Old Buck Trail and Upper Old Buck Trail on mt Seymour – 724m 


  • Mount Finlayson Trail (410m)
  • Mount Work Trail (230m)
Building & Offices

1 flight of stairs = 3m
Approximately 16 steps

With the very popular Grouse Grind closed for trail maintenance, we’ve compiled additional ideas for elevation gain in the lower mainland for consideration.

Please check conditions yourself before venturing out.

North Vancouver Trails:

-BCMC: 853m (Important Note: The lower portion of the BCMC is CLOSED for upgrades Monday-Friday – ensure you check for weekend opening updates)

-Alternative route: Baden Powel – Larsen Trail – Upper BCMC: 853m

-Skyline Trail: 500M (able to connect to the top of BCMC via SIMIC Trail: +115m)

-Saint Mark’s Summit: 460m (starting from the Cypress Mountain parking lot)

-Whyte Lake: 238m

Other Suggestions Further Afield:

-Coquitlam Crush: 244m

-Joffre Lakes: 500m

-One Mile Lake/Nairn Hike: 280m

Popular Roads/Stairs in Vancouver:

-Taylor Way: 62m (Park Royal to Upper Levels Highway)

-Wreck Beach Stairs: 75m

If you are looking for suggested routes please contact our Race Inclusion Ambassador Graham at gbos@powertobe.ca.


How much is a Team expected to raise?

Teams are encouraged to raise a minimum of $1500, but we are grateful for every dollar raised. Teams that raise $1000 or more by 11:59am on Friday, May 27th will receive an elevation incentive that starts them at 3440m. Teams that raise $2000 or more will receive the elevation incentive and be entered in a draw to with a one-night stay in an Ocean View suite at Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa for four.

Do all team members have to gain elevation?

No. Although recommended to share the climb, it is up to the team to decide how to divide the race elevation. If you have a team member who is unable to climb, a good role for them could be executing the TELUS Social Media Challenge.

What if we decide the climb is too high for us, but we want to support Power To Be?

Racers are not required to summit – you can choose a specific camp along the way as your goal. You’ll still be able to participate in the prizing opportunities (Fastest Team category excluded).

Do we need to complete the race in one day?

No. The race is spread out over three days to give your team flexibility in scheduling your summit.

Do we have to gain elevation in person as a group?

No. You can race together or on your own – whatever suits your needs. Your individual elevation accomplished will be tallied up and input by your Team Captain. If the Team Captain is not able to enter the time and elevation, a proxy may be assigned.

What is in the Racer Kit?

All racers will receive a numbered bib and awesome swag! Details of racer kit items will be shared in May. Race bibs must be worn during the race.