Local woman sets world first
A BRIGHT nurse has become the first woman in the world to ‘everest’ a mountain on skis.
Jarmila Tyrill skied unassisted, up and down, the Apres Vous ski run at Falls Creek 34 times last Wednesday, climbing 8,850 vertical metres in the process.
Everesting is an activity achieved by ascending and descending a given hill multiple times to the cumulative total of 8848m, the height of Mt Everest.
It took Jarmila a total of 16 hours to achieve the feat.
“I started at 3.45am and finished at 7.30pm,” she said.
“All up each leg was 1.2km with an elevation gain of 267 metres.
“It took me roughly 20 minutes up and one minute 24 seconds to come down.”
The concept of everesting originated from George Mallory the grandson of the British mountaineer of the same name, who many believe was the first to successfully climb Mt Everest but who never made it back down to tell the story.
In 2012 Andy Van Bergen popularised the concept by setting rules and creating the Everesting Hall of Fame online.
To date, hundreds of people have everested by bicycle, but until last week no-one had everested on skis.
Notably, Jarmila is also the fastest woman in the world to everest on a bicycle when she took on Mt Baw Baw on her bike in 2017.
She said her conquest on skis was by much more difficult then everesting on a bike.
“It was way harder because of the exposure, it was minus five and snowing when I started,” she said.
“The first four laps were quite difficult because of poor visibility although it did clear up at 6am and the sunrise was amazing.
“It was also more tiring than riding because on a bike you just roll down the hill and you don’t have to spend any energy.
“When you ski you have to do turns and it’s like doing squats.
“Skiing down a run 34 times is hard even when you’re getting a lift to the top.”
Jarmila grew up in Slovakia and migrated to Australia in 2006, later becoming an Australian citizen.
She moved to Bright, where she works as a nurse, in February 2017 to take up cycling and having previously done numerous mountaineering ascents around the world decided to attempt an everest on skis.
“It didn’t occur to me before but because I live in Bright now I thought it would be a great idea,” she said.
“I started training in June and would go out and ski 40 kilometres some days and do that four and sometimes five days a week.”
Jarmila was also a leading female rock climber in Australia between 2006-2012, climbing numerous hard sports routes with ascent up to grade 32 Australian grading.
While she’s currently looking for her next climbing challenge, the 45 year-old said an everest of Mt Hotham was not out of the question.
“It has crossed my mind,” she said.
INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENT: Jarmila Tyrill ascended and descended the height of Mt Everest at Falls Creek last week.