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Our Global Campus Virtual Kilimanjaro Climb is complete!

Kilimanjaro is the worlds tallest freestanding peak, standing at 5895m above sea level it is a fantastic experience. Those students who get the chance to climb Kilimanjaro experience, harsh weather conditions, high altitude and long days off climbing. Could you take on this challenge at home? Our BIS Houston community took the challenge!

  • Global Campus Kilimanjaro Climb 2020

The Virtual Kilimanjaro Challenge Climb is now complete!


Over the past 30 days, BISH Students, Parents and Staff have been attempting to virtually climb Africa’s highest mountain, by taking 93,000 steps and climbing 1,900 floors.


There has been great house spirit and teamwork shown, as climbers collect house points on the way to the top.


As with all house challenges, one house has to come out on top. After a last-minute surge, Earth have overtaken Water to win the challenge!


Whether the climbers reached the summit or not, we are very grateful to them for taking part – there have been millions of steps and over 100,000 floors climbed collectively over the past few weeks. We are also thankful to the hard work of Year 12 students, Will and Cole, who have helped to manage the house challenge from start to finish.


We would like to congratulate the following solo participants and family teams who reached the summit within 30 days:


Reaching the summit in air house, congratulations to:

Solos: Carol, Debbie, Petra & Scott J

Families: Thomson 


Reaching the summit in earth house, congratulations to:

Solos: Viola

Families: Boots, Koster, Garcia, Gimenez & Vind


Reaching the summit in fire house, congratulations to:

Solos: Alexander, Fran, Kayden, Karen, Ryan, Tracy & Valerie

Families: Graham & Jamieson


Reaching the summit in water house, congratulations to:

Solos: Annette, Cerys, Daniel, Irina, Rachel, Rebecca, Sarah & Zevi

Families: Betteridge, Dasgupta, Gill & Tuazon


For those very ambitious among us, the top 3 fastest finishers in each category:



1st: Alexander (fire), Zevi (water)

2nd: Ryan (fire)

3rd:   Rachel (water), Tracy (fire), Viola (earth)



1st: Gimenez (earth)

2nd:  Koster (earth)

3rd:  Betteridge (water), Boots (earth), Vind earth)


There are further breakdowns in the attached totals spreadsheet e.g. those achieving the highest 1-day step and floor counts.


Now for a final round up of the house scores.

In a surprise finish, Earth House have overtaken Water and have won the challenge! 


Final scores are as follows:

Number of Steps:

1st: Earth 7,595550

2nd: Water 7,416447

3rd: Air 4,922468

4th: Fire 4,835923


Number of Floors:

1st: Earth 38,111

2nd: Water 30,046

3rd: Fire 22,100

4th: Air 13,498


A special shout out to William (Y12). Will has been responsible for running the spreadsheets, including calculating all of our running totals. Also shout out to Cole (Y12) who has been in charge of the promotional videos for the challenge.


Thank you so much again for taking part in the Virtual Kilimanjaro Climb.

Have a wonderful summer,

-Your Kilimanjaro Challenge Team