Pick your Peak Stair Challenge

The Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge is an annual, fun and inclusive way to encourage staff and faculty to take the stairs. Stair climbing is a great way to boost cardiovascular health, build muscle and strengthen the core. And the best part about it? It’s free and you’ll have a chance to win great prizes! All abilities are welcome to participate. See below for accessible participation options.

Please consult with a physician before participating if you have any existing medical conditions.

Challenge details and important dates 

Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge will run from July 5, 2021, to Aug 2, 2021.
Registration Deadline: June 25, 2021, 4pm

To join the challenge, please follow these instructions:


      Check here each week to see who is in the lead! 

      Please note if you or your team hasn't been listed in the weekly leaderboard, it's because the submission was sent after the due time, the submission was incomplete or the submission wasn't received. If this has happened, no problem - you can still submit and it will still count towards next week's leaderboard and your totals.

      Week 1 Leaderboard

      Week 2 Leaderboard

      Week 3 Leaderboard

      Final Leaderboard

      Popular stairs and Hikes*

      *Please assess the safety of these areas and adhere to Covid-19 public health orders when choosing a climb.


      • Participation prizes will be awarded each week through random draws.
      • A prize will be drawn at the Meet Up events.
      • One individual prize will be awarded for the highest climber in the individual category after four weeks.
      • Team prizes will be awarded based on the highest average points per participant after four weeks for the top-performing team.


      Staying Safe 

      As you find ways to conquer your chosen peak, please remember that there are some safety concerns as we take on this challenge. There have been some extreme heat warnings recently for most of B.C along with air quality advisories, plus there is the ongoing public health guidance around COVID-19. Please adhere to current public health orders to keep yourself safe as you and your colleagues take on the Pick Your Peak Challenge. 

      For additional information about staying safe in hot temperatures please visit: 

      For information about COVID-19 public health orders please visit:

      Promotional resources

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      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.

      Start training now with this Stair Climbing Workout, beginner and advanced.



      If you have questions about Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge, please contact aisha.tejani@ubc.ca for UBC Vancouver inquiries or amanda.swoboda@ubc.ca for UBC Okanagan inquiries.

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