January 4th – June 10th, 2022.
For a breakdown of the Challenge’s dates, please visit “Itinerary“.
Why 158? You ask.
In Tasmania, there is a set of mountains called “The Abels” – those little ‘peaks’ on the map. They were named by Bill Wilkinson (an absolute legend) after Abel Tasman, who was the first European to set sight on, and produce drawings of, the mountainous terrain of Australia’s island state.
In order to be an Abel, Bill determined that a mountain must meet two simple criteria – it must be over 1,100m in elevation (⅔ the height of Mt Ossa, Tasmania’s highest Abel) and feature drops on all sides of at least 150m (separating it from other nearby peaks and ridges). Upon completion of a statewide analysis, it was determined that 158 mountains met this criteria, and hence, there are officially 158 Abels.
So there you have it, that’s why 158.
Since the inception of the Abels, many people have aspired to summit them all, usually within their lifetime. The first was Philip Dawson, in 2011, and the first female was Maureen Martin, in 2017. However, in recent times, so-called “Abelists” have challenged themselves to summit all 158 Abels in shorter and shorter timeframes.
On June 10th 2018, Zane Robnik became the youngest and fastest person ever to complete the task – taking just 2 ½ years. It was an incredible feat, gaining headlines across the state.
The 158 Challenge is an attempt at completion in less than a fifth of that time – just 158 days. And so in partial honour of Zane’s completion, my aim is to complete my final Abel – kunanyi / Mt Wellington – on my 30th birthday, June 10th 2022!
Please join me in walking up my final Abel from Hobart or the Springs on that Friday, it’ll be an amazing afternoon!
Lastly, there is the aim to raise $158,000 for cancer affected Tasmanians. Personally, I have been impacted by cancer in my family, and if you’re reading this and haven’t had some connection to a cancer story, please consider yourself one of the very few lucky ones! The 158 Challenge is a vehicle through which I feel I can contribute to a broader issue amongst our community – so please, if you have the capacity, consider heading to the top-right of your screen, and donate to the wonderful organisation that is Cancer Council Tasmania.
I will be beginning the 158 Challenge from the top of kunanyi / Mt Wellington on the 4th of January, 2022. So, if you’d like to join in sending me off, please come along! It’ll likely be late in the morning.
Thank you, wish me luck, and I look forward to receiving or facilitating any means of support or encouragement you can send!
For more insight into my personal inspiration behind creating the 158 Challenge, please visit “Inspiration“.