HELICOPTER pilot Ash Hogan has "conquered Everest" - by riding his bike up Mount Rooper 63 times in an effort to raise money for two charities in Papua New Guinea.
Mr Hogan began his ride at midnight last Friday and rode for 18 hours and 53 minutes straight, completing the equivalent of Mount Everest in distance.
He finished his ride at 7pm on Saturday.
While Mr Hogan has conquered a few cycling endeavours, including riding through Europe and over the French and Swiss alps, he said last weekend's charity ride was his most satisfying, as he dedicated it to the memory of a friend.
So far, Mr Hogan has raised $10,300 for the charities Living Child and Samaritan Aviation, both based in Papua New Guinea.
"The donations will help bring about real change in remote communities by providing healthcare and support to our closest neighbours in need of medical attention," he said.
According to Mr Hogan, of the 63 laps he endured, the last 15 were the toughest, but with support from friends and family, he was able to push through it.
"All day people turned up to ride with me," he said.
"It was really heartening to have the support of the Whitsunday community."
While his ride may be over, Mr Hogan is still collecting donations. "I'm really pleased we've raised $10,300, but these charities and the people they help need ongoing care and support," he said.
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