Greg “2 Mil” Hill Closing In

Good Luck to Greg “2 Mil” Hill on the final days of his quest to ski 2 million vertical feet of human powered turns. I think he’s got a little over 60,000′ left to tick off, with only a few days to go. You got this one the bag Greg…get after it!

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15 Responses to “Greg “2 Mil” Hill Closing In”

  1. 1 Big Chris Dec 23rd, 2010 at 8:00 am

    GO GREG GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. 2 Vanweezen Dec 24th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Certainly a unique goal, sort of the physically demanding equivalent of “world’s longest fingernails” or jet-powered soap-box speed record. Not sure what this accomplishes in the grand scheme, but “Allez!” my esteemed long-distance skinner par-excellence. We can all hope he makes it without hurting/killing himself and may his wife and children understand his dedication to this pursuit.

  3. 3 Afubar Dec 25th, 2010 at 12:22 am

    I just completed doing 2 million feet of climbing in under 2 years.I couldn’t
    handle doing it in one sport.So I combined mountain biking and back country skiing.
    But my main goal was to climb and ski some cool lines, and hammer at some mountain bike races.

  4. 4 Walt Dec 25th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    That’s only 5479 feet per day… definitely do-able. That’s like 3 Glory hikes or Snow Kings + 300′… not too bad in the winter. The crazy thing is how does he get that much vertical in turns in the summer? What does he do? Lap glaciers? Go to South America? WTF? Is he counting all the downclimbing and hiking out as turns?

  5. 5 randosteve Dec 25th, 2010 at 6:05 am

    walt…don’t underestimate the difficulty of greg’s effort. the thing is that once you take one day off, what you have to do to catch back up is big. take two days off…and it’s huge. greg went to south america this summer and i don’t think he is doing much hiking downhill. and skiing snowking or glory every day would probably get pretty boring, so i don’t think that is the kind of terrain greg is doing most of his skiing on.

    some people say that there are people that do this kind of thing all the time, without all the media attention greg is getting, but i HIGHLY doubt it. talk is cheap…let’s see the numbers.

  6. 6 randosteve Dec 25th, 2010 at 6:08 am

    good job andy…but those bike thing-a-ma-jigs have a mechanical advantage.

    jk…great effort. :D

  7. 7 Adrian Dec 25th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    not all bikes have mechanical advantage, even the ones that do, most worth riding weigh over 30 pounds not including lunch water and and tools. a million in a year on a bike is nothing to sneeze at. ask this guy. 5500 feet every day of the year is fucking nuts. and if you watching greg seems to be biting off 10k chunks to make up for lost time.

    has any one done this before. doubtful but maybe, who cares it’s cool it see it documented as long as you have a grasp of what it takes.

    shit three hours on the XC ski hurt me more then any day one the bike or split in recent memory. got me thinking about don gardner and his pureist ethic. lots of cool thing to do, get inspired, do something.

  8. 8 randosteve Dec 27th, 2010 at 6:21 am

    adrian…i think greg’s posey has been in touch w/ guinness book about this feat, but not sure what the came of their inquiry.

  9. 9 randosteve Dec 28th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    greg’s number’s…with only four days left to go and 27,000′ to go. amazing stuff.

    261 days of skiing so far.
    1019 ski runs.
    7520′ per day average.

  10. 10 eric Dec 28th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    i think he’s got 37k left, not 27k, steve. the only reason i bring that up is because i think that extra 10k in 4 days is no joke. after all the touring he’s done, he’s still got to average more than 9k each of the final 4 days of his quest.

    i’m with you; i’d highly doubt anyone has hiked/skinned this much under their own power before. it takes extreme dedication, available time, endurance, strength (to do it safely/injury-free) and some luck.

    i’ve been lucky enough to put in several 200+ day ski season (only during the n. american winter; no southern hemisphere winter days for me), with about 50-50 riding lifts vs hiking. being able to take some time off from hiking/skinning to ride lifts (or vice versa) is very liberating…and while every day is great, things can get to be a grind after that long. [we're lucky here in jackson that even a modest rider can descend about 2M vert in 50 or so days of riding the tram, but one only attempt a 10k+ day of hiking to appreciate greg hill's quest.]

    not sure how many days he got in in SA this year (doesn’t sound like it was too many), so this means that his dedication has never wavered. he either couldn’t get sick (or had to power through it) and he had to schedule any travel around the ability to climb & ski. it’s as impressive to me mentally as it is physically.

    challenges like this show what is possible with dedication and creativity. i find it inspirational; it makes me think about ways to get out more often or go bigger.

    thanks for covering this. i’m psyched for greg.

  11. 11 randosteve Dec 28th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Yeah Eric…and it looks like he had a 10k’ day today. So I think 27k’ is accurate as of right now.

  12. 12 Mike T Dec 29th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    The biggest thing he has accomplished is promoting himself and being able to hike/ski and not have to work for a year… Skiing everyday would not be a bad thing!

  13. 13 randosteve Dec 29th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    mike t…it sounds like you are saying 2 million feet of human powered skiing in one year is an easy thing to do…at least for most bc skiers. yeah, i often log 5-7k’ days when skiing the teton bc, but to do that every day, 365 days in a row seems quite impressive to me.

  14. 14 Walt Dec 30th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Steve, You can’t read. I wasn’t under-estimating his accomplishment at all. I’m in awe of it actually. I was just saying it is a lot easier for him to get the vertical feet skied in the winter than the summer and fall when there is no snow. I was just wondering how he gets his vertical in during that time of year? Or does he just do it all during the ski season when it’s easier? 10,000′ – 15,000′+ /day? Is that possible for him to do on a daily basis?

  15. 15 randosteve Dec 31st, 2010 at 6:19 am

    okay walt…greg went to south america this summer. BUT that doesn’t mean that he did’t miss any days skiing and had to put in some big efforts to catch up.

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