LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge

Rugby with Altitude

Two record attempts for the highest games of rugby ever.

In 2015, Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, took 11 men to the North Pole and we set a Guinness World Record for playing the northern most game of rugby ever after trekking for days.

Arctic rugby challenge - trekking

In 2019, we’re going bigger and better.

  • Rugby stars Lee Mears, Ollie Phillips, Shane Williams and Tamara Taylor will attempt to set two world records on Mount Everest. They will trek and play alongside 20 inspirational men and women to help raise more than £200,000 for children with disabilities and facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland.
  • The LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge takes place across 24 days (13 April to 6 May 2019) and will see the group battle acclimatisation and heights of 6,500 metres to play the highest game of full contact rugby and the highest game of mixed touch rugby in history – all in support of Wooden Spoon.

We are looking for people to join this ground breaking team! There are limited places left, so don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity, contact Juliette Gillard today on jgillard@woodenspoon.org.uk or  07718 078657.

Cost: £7,150 (directly payable to Adventure Peaks) includes accommodation, food, essential equipment, training weekend, a medic and full expedition team. Minimum fundraising requirement: £10,000.

Sign up today and secure your place with an initial deposit of £500:BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW.

Why are we doing this?

The money raised will make a real difference to our beneficiaries helping us work towards our vision that through the power of rugby, every child and young person has access to the same opportunities, no matter what their background.

The LMAX Everest Rugby Challenge aims to raise more than £200,000, which based on previous year’s could change the lives of around 36,000 children and young people. The money could fund:

  • 10 sensory rooms – that enthral, engage and excite young minds by stimulating children’s senses
  • 66 Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) horses – centres across the UK & Ireland
  • 40 rugby wheelchairs – that enable young people with disabilities to have more opportunities to play
  • 100 HITZ young people supported for a year – delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby, the Wooden Spoon-sponsored HITZ programme gives new hope to those with no hope by guiding them back to education, vocational training, apprenticeships and employment.

24-day challenge

Everest challenge 'the pitch'

The “pitch” is sandwiched between Lhakpa Ri (7,045m) and Everest (just off to the right).

The North side of Everest is steeped in the history of the early attempts to climb Everest by George Mallory and his team. It forms a magnificent arena to stage the world’s highest rugby matches! The trek up to North Advanced Base Camp takes you far beyond the normal Base Camp trek, and offers spectacular views of Everest and its North Face.

At this height, you will be just over one vertical mile directly below Everest’s inspiring windswept summit.

The challengers will undertake a 24-day trip that culminates in the Guinness World Record attempt on days 18-19. To see in detail what they are up to and follow their progress see the Everest Rugby Challenge Itinerary.

Show your support

You can help the Challengers in a variety of ways:

To find out how you can ‘Take your Game to New Heights’ email Juliette Gillard on jgillard@woodenspoon.org.uk