Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge

The Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge is a fun way to encourage movement, social connection, and physical activity throughout the day. The stair climbing challenge is for all faculty, staff and post-docs, regardless of your fitness level or capabilities. All abilities are welcome to participate. 

There will be prizes up for grabs, and meet-ups to participate in, and we’ll send out regular updates to help keep you and your team motivated during the challenge.

2024 Dates

The Challenge will run from  May 6 – June 2, 2024.


Registration for 2024 is now closed. 

How to take part in the challenge 


Popular stairs and hikes


Submit a photo of how you and/or your teammates are taking part in the challenge to be entered in a prize draw!   

Check out these Pick Your Peak Selfies from last year! 

Have questions? Please contact Lauren Lee.
We encourage departments to run the challenge at a time that works for them. Download the Pick Your Peak toolkit to learn more


Did you know?

  • Stair climbing requires 8-9 times more energy expenditure than sitting.
  • It counts as ‘vigorous’ physical activity and burns more calories per minute than jogging.
  • You burn roughly 1.5 calories for every 10 steps.
  • For buildings with five floors or less, it’s nearly always quicker to take the stairs.
  • Studies show office workers save up to 15 minutes a day by taking the stairs.
  • Stair climbing cuts carbon emissions. You could save between 0.3 & 0.6Kg of CO2/day.
  • It can lead to improved cardiovascular health and stronger joints and muscles.

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