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Whistler #1

Whistler #1

SEPT 15-18, 2022 *SOLD OUT*

Primary Airport Vancouver International Airport
Average Temp High 67°F / Low 44°F
Base Camp Location Whistler Resort
Base Camp Elevation 2,214 ft


The newest addition to the 29029 family, Whistler is consistently ranked the #1 ski resort in North America. Gaining almost 4,000 feet of vert per hike, this is the longest ascent of the 29029 mountains, meaning just 8 ascents are needed. Ascend through breathtaking old-growth coastal rainforest terrain to emerge on top of one of the most iconic mountains on the continent. Note that all Whistler #1 participants will be staying at the 4-star Fairmont Hotel in Whistler village, directly across from the base area!

Trail Description

The Blackcomb Ascent Trails are three interconnected hiking trails that wander through breathtaking old growth coastal rainforest terrain on singletrack trails. This route includes scenic forested sections that cross bridges over small creeks while also hiking up ski hills from Whistler’s valley bottom to the alpine on Blackcomb Mountain.

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What's included

  • We rent out Whistler ski mountain for 4 days to give you the opportunity to do something extraordinary
  • Three nights accommodations in the 4-star Fairmont Hotel in Whistler village, directly across from the base area! Single entry tickets are for one bed in shared room with 2 beds. You can request your roommate after purchase.
  • All your food, beverage, smoothie, coffee, and alcohol for 4 days. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets accommodated
  • Access to an elite recovery lounge including free massage, Normatec leg recovery systems, and more
  • Event gear and limited edition 29029 swag
  • Daily training plans specific to Whistler to set you up to succeed
  • Access to elite coaches, monthly coaching calls, and the private 29029 online community

Whistler Stats
Vertical foot gain per hike
3900 ft
Miles covered per hike
3.9 mi
# of hikes to Everest
Miles covered

Frequently Asked Questions

What's included in the registration fee?
Registration includes 3 nights of accommodations, all food/beverage/alcohol, all hydration and nutrition choices at the aid stations, a 20 week Training Guide, massage therapists and other recovery aids in our Athlete Recovery Lounge, limited edition event swag, a private online group for participants only, and more!
What happens before and after the event?
Check in begins at Noon on Thursday. 29029 will kick off at 3pm on Thursday. We will have motivational speakers that afternoon to inspire everyone for the challenge ahead. The hiking challenge begins at 6am on Friday morning and continues until 6pm on Saturday evening. Some people hike through the night, some sleep for a while and go again on Saturday. After the conclusion of the challenge, we have a ceremony to recognize everyone’s efforts on the mountain, and a party Saturday night to cap things off. Departure is Sunday by 10am.
Is the challenge 36 continuous hours or is there a break?
The challenge begins at 6am on Friday morning and continues until 6pm on Saturday evening. The gondola is running and you can hike any time you want during this 36 hour period. You do not have to hike for 36 hours non stop. Do people hike at night? Some participants hike all night until after the sun rises on Saturday morning, but many go and get some sleep! We do encourage everyone to complete at least one hike once the sun goes down on Friday as it’s such a unique and magical experience. Hiking in nature, whether alone or with others, and only seeing the headlamps of other hikers is often a memory that participants talk about and share with others.
Do you allow spectators?
There are portions of the event that are participant-only, but spectators are allowed near the start area and also at the summit where you can cheer on participants.
What type of accommodations are provided?
Whistler #1 participants will enjoy three nights accommodations in the 4-star Fairmont Chateau Hotel in Whistler village, directly across from the base area! Single entry tickets are for one bed in shared room with 2 beds. You can request your roommate after purchase.
Are King rooms available?
Yes. If you are traveling as a couple to Whistler #1 and wish to share a king bed you may request this during the participant onboarding process. King rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Can I come to 29029 without a roommate?
Of course! Roughly ⅓ of our participants attend a 29029 alone. We will pair you in a room with another participant of the same gender. Rooms will be double occupancy with two queen beds.
Is my room private?
All rooms are double occupancy. You may specify a roommate during the participant onboarding process. If you are coming to 29029 alone you will be paired with a roommate of the same gender. If you are traveling with a significant other and wish to share a king bed you will be able to request this during the participant onboarding process. King rooms will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
What's the COVID-19 policy?
It’s unknown what COVID-19 protocols will be in place in September 2022, but at present, the Canadian government is requiring Americans entering Canada to be 1) fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 2) to provide proof of negative COVID test within 72 hours before entering Canada. A negative COVID test is also required for re-entry into the United States. We will provide more information on testing, and notify participants of any changes to these policies as they evolve.
Are you able to accommodate gluten free, vegan or vegetarian diets?
Yes, we accommodate each of these during meals at 29029.
Does the entry fee include airfare?
No, the entry fee does not include airfare. We will take care of everything once you arrive to the mountain on Thursday to check-in.
Do you provide a packing list?
Yes! We provide location specific packing lists for each particular mountain, although relatively minimal gear is required for 29029. Trekking poles are strongly recommended and a headlamp is required. We recommend wearing moisture wicking base layers for the varying conditions throughout the day and evening, as well as trail shoes to provide additional traction while hiking up the mountain.
Do you include a training plan?
Yes, we include a 20 week Training Guide with your registration. This Guide is emailed on a bi-monthly basis beginning 5 months prior to the event. Our coaches have created these guides to help each participant prepare for the challenge. The Guide is a three tiered system (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) in which the participant can choose which level to follow based on the description we provide for each. If you’re willing to put in the work, this guide will have you ready to hike 29029 ft on your event weekend.
How long does one need to train for this?
This varies, as everyone has a different beginning fitness level. We do know that our 20 week Training Guide will help prepare you for the challenge. We also know that at some point on the mountain, the willingness to keep going becomes as much mental as physical. This is when climbing with us becomes a transformative experience for many.
How does the Waitlist work?
If a spot at any of the events becomes available, we contact those on the Waitlist in chronological order and fill an open spot on a first come, first serve basis. If we reach out to someone on the Waitlist they have 24 hours to claim the spot before we reach out to the next person on the list.
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