Lo­cal woman sets world first

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

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