London Underground Map Translates Tube Station Treks Into Mountain Summits

Your daily trudge out of the bowels of the London Underground, before you emerge blinking in the morning air, is a nondescript affair at best.

Many of us perform our commutes barely conscious, moving like obedient sheep as we tip out of our train seats and onto the escalators, which inch us into daylight.

But have you ever considered the true distance of your trek out of the Earth? Adventure clothing company Snow and Rock has taken a fresh look at the London Underground network and translated these mundane journeys into epic adventures.

It shows how the deepest stations stack up against some of the world’s highest peaks. Astonishingly, tackling Euston Station 40 times (entirely possible over the course of a month’s commute) is equivalent to scaling the summit of Ben Nevis (1,344m).

[Fun fact: In 1981 a group of Glasgow University medical students pushed a bed to the summit.]

Meanwhile 166 ascents of Covent Garden is equal to climbing the 6,168m high Denali in the USA – a feat first achieved by Dr Miri Ercolani in 1982.

The project - #UrbanMountains – is being promoted via the company’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

A blog on the Snow and Rock website writes: “Just like us, we know that you see the world differently: through the lens of adventure… so next time you’re standing on the right of the escalator, why not walk up on the left and start your ascent?

“We promise dry conditions all year round!”