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Everest Challenge Clues & Solutions

Event: 2015 runDisney Expedition Everest Challenge 5K and Scavenger Hunt
Event Date: Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
Event Location: May 2, 2015

So, you think you have what it takes to complete the Expedition Everest Challenge?  Yesterday we brought you our full review of the event.  You can also check out our photo gallery from the Everest Challenge weekend. Now, it is your turn to try your hand at the clues from this year’s event.  But, keep in mind, while you are trying to work out these clues from the comfort of your couch, participants in the Expedition Everest Challenge had to work these out on the fly while competing in a running event, WITH the pressure of the clock running.  Good luck, and remember, adventure is out there!

Note: the clues are given in the photographs, with hints and the solutions following each clue. So, do not scroll down too far before you solve each clue if you want to avoid any spoilers.

If you have any trouble reading any of the clues, simply click on the photos to enlarge them. You can then solve the clue and return to the article to check if you are correct.

The Sample Clue


Every year runDisney provides an example of what challenges racers could encounter along the course.  Based on recaps I read from previous events, it seemed to me that the sample clue was always the hardest.  This year was no exception. Scroll down for the solution.


SOLUTION: My husband and I pondered this one for a few minutes.  We knew the basics of what we needed to do, we just couldn’t figure out the starting point right away.

The key was in the clue itself: the resource (the compass in the picture) pointed you to the correct spot (the red needle pointing to “N”).  From there, you assign each letter of the alphabet a number, with N=1, O=2, P=3, etc.  When you get to the end of the alphabet, wrap around to the beginning and continue counting.  Then use whatever letter that corresponds to the numbers at the bottom of the clue to come up with the answer: Gary Ericson (he’s the owner of Clif Bar, one of runDisney’s major event sponsors).





HINT: This clue suffered from a bit of a typo, which tripped up a lot of us because we read it as a trick question.  So don’t get hung up on the “analog watch” part.  It really should read “digital.”


SOLUTION: All you have to do is count how many times the time has three of the same numbers in a row.  So, 1:11, 2:22, etc.  You also have to remember times like 11:10 series (ex: 11:11, 11:12, 11:13, etc) and 12:22.  After you count them up once, you double it (because each of these times will appear twice in 24 hours) to get to your answer: 34.




HINT: The tricky part of this clue was knowing how many years the Expedition Everest Challenge had been put on.  Luckily, they told us a number during the pre-race show with such subtle commentary as “cheer if you’ve run all 7 Expedition Everest Challenge races!” and “we’re excited that you joined us for our 7th race”.


SOLUTION: Starting at the letter “C” on the colorful wheel, you count 7 spaces to the left to land on “A”.  Then you count 2 more spaces to the left to land on “R”, right 2 spaces back to “A”, etc.  The final answer is: CARABINER





HINT: We got this one right away.  So…I don’t have a lot to say about it that won’t give away the answer.


SOLUTION: We keyed in on “right” and “on top” immediately.  Just stack the letter groupings starting from MOU and moving left to NTA, INE, ERS.  The final answer is: MOUNTAINEERS





HINT: Again, I have no commentary without giving away the answer.


SOLUTION: Just say it out loud.  The answer is: ELEVATION






HINT: The final clue combined the answers from all the previous clues.  It was a little tricky since the first answer was an actual number, our instinct was to multiple 34 by 3, but then we weren’t sure what numbers we’d use for the rest to multiply.


SOLUTION: Once we actually looked at the letter grid on the second page, we keyed in on the word “CARABINER” in the 5th column.  Then we saw “MOUNTAINEERS” in the 9th column.  Once we found each of the words once in a column, we realized we saw another “CARABINER” and then it clicked that each clue answer would show up the number of times from the clue: “THIRTYFOUR” would be found 3 times, “CARABINER” twice, “MOUNTAINEERS” twice, and “ELEVATION” three times.

After that, you had to read the remaining letters to find the final clue to the answer: GO FIND THE HIDDEN YETI ON A CLUE CARD AND HOLD IT UP AT THE FINISH.  As it turned out, the back of each clue card had a random pattern on it, but the pattern on the back of Clue 2 was actually a picture of a Yeti.  So we put that card at the top of the stack and ran to the finish.

And that was it.  We passed by the final clue validators with a nod and sprinted to the finish line to get our medals.  Would you have finished the clues and crossed with us?

If we have you excited about the runDisney Everest Challenge, don’t forget to check out our full review of the event

Are you looking for other race challenges that take you beyond Casual Running? You can check out Jennifer’s reviews of the Random Obstacle Course DC Race and the Urban Dare Challenge (Baltimore)


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