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Challenge your students to walk the height of a mountain

July 11, 2014

How high can you climb by using stairs in your house, school or neighbourhood? Can you step up to the height of a mountain?

Using Ordnance Survey’s new Step Up Mountain calculator mapping tool you can plug in the number of steps you have climbed to see the buildings or  mountains you have climbed the equivalent height of.


This is a great activity for children to develop their sense of place and scale. It is also an opportunity to think about geographic information and how it can be applied in different settings.

While some young people may want to ascend 2,000 or more feet in one solo and single journey, they could think creatively about how they will accumulate steps up. They could collect steps by working collaboratively, over an extended period of time or even by counting how many times they use a specific staircase in a day and then estimating how high they will climb over one, two or five years.

This mapping tool is inspired by a walk that I am doing in September to walk the height of Mount Everest (29,029ft) by only using stairs in London buildings. My walk starts on September 8th and will last around 10 days. The main challenge in the walk is gaining access to the city’s buildings, many of which have high security. I am making 10 days available to do the walk so that I can persuade enough people to let me in.

If you are a teacher, please do consider running a Step Up Mountain Challenge activity during September. It would be great to have you involved. You can contact me on Twitter @DanRavenEllison and we will be tweeting on #StepUpMountain.




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  1. July 14, 2014 16:10

    Reblogged this on Teach Me Carrie and commented:
    Fun and interesting challenge…. could be used as a homework, team building or geo-club challenge?!

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