One of our signature obstacles, Everest first appeared on Tough Mudder courses way back in 2010. To reach the summit you require unyielding determination and a reliance on those that have gone before you. You must commence your ascent on your own, however, the only way up and over the top is to grab the hand of another Mudder and have them haul you to the summit.

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Just like a half-pipe only bigger.


Many Mudders waiting to haul you up to the top.


This means the only thing to grab a hold of is another Mudder.


Make sure you hit top speed at the right time.

“Just look for those helping hands. Your team will get you over the summit.”

The inside word
Deep dive into the details of Everest.
How To Conquer
Just like the real thing, to reach the summit of Everest you require planning, deep breaths and the help of a team. Take a running start and keep your feet moving as you head up the vertical section – run up it, not at it. Lock your eyes onto an outstretched hand and leap towards it. Finally, allow the team of Mudders to haul you up and over.
Obstacle Training Tips
While it might seem like strength is a key part of hauling yourself up and over the summit, you will have help. The key is to make sure you get the running start right. Working on both your running and lower-body explosiveness will give you the best chance of hitting the incline just right. Keep your eyes on the prize and those legs pumping.
Obstacle FAQs
Q: How will I know when to jump for the hands?
A: When you think you have run far enough. Take a couple more steps.


Originally a bit shorter than what you see on course today, Everest has stood the test of time. First introduced to the course in 2010, while it has seen changes to structure and materials, the design, premise and enjoyment of this obstacle have stayed the same since the beginning. A true legend.

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Funky Monkey

Put your upper body strength to the test as you traverse a series platforms, ropes, wheels and bars to keep yourself out of the drink.

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Focus on getting a good start and a good grip.


Swing yourself. Feel the flow.


This is where things really get weird.


Do not mess it up at the end.

“It’s the Demon Monkey Bar from hell.”

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Deep dive into the details of Funky Monkey.
How To Conquer
On the way up, remember momentum is key. Once you reach the spinning wheels, you’re going to need grip and upper body strength to get across these.Take time with your transition, moving from the ladder to the first moving wheel is going to throw you so prepare yourself for the lurch and try to get two hands on the wheel.
Obstacle Training Tips
To no one’s suprise upper body strength is key for Funky Monkey. Shoulders, arms and grip strength will all play a crucial role in allowing you to avoid the drop in the drink. Go down to the park, get on the kids play equipment and practice.
Obstacle FAQs
Q: What makes these Monkey Bars Funky?
A: You will find out when you make it to the other side.


Funky Monkey is one of the original obstacles to grace Tough Mudder courses and has been a staple ever since. It has changed it’s makeup and tested Mudders in different ways throughout it’s exisitance but has always been one of the most challenging obstacles on course. 2017 saw the introduction of the spinning wheels with “The Revolution” and we haven’t looked back since.

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Augustus Gloop 2.0

Shimmy your way up inside a pipe, as water cascades down. As long as you enjoy tight, dark spaces and water you'll be good.

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Hold your breath and keep calm, with water pummelling on you from above there’s no time to panic.


The inside of the pipe will have small hand holds to help you get a grip and shimmy your way to the top.

“It’s easy to feel claustrophobic in there but I just kept breathing and kept climbing.”

The Inside Word
Deep dive into the details of Augustus Gloop.
How to Conquer
As with any water obstacle start by taking a deep breath – you’re going to need it. Enter the water and duck into the tube. Using the grips and gaps on the inside of the tube use your finger and toetips to climb up. Keep moving until you reach the top.
Obstacle Training Tips
You’ll work your full body in this obstacle, so that’s what you’ll need to train in the gym. It’s your grip strength that’s really going to get you through though so don’t forget to train your hands and fingers.
Obstacle FAQs
Question: Would this obstacle be better if you filled it with chocolate?
Answer: Yes, probably.
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The Gauntlet

Get ready to toss your hats in the ring, because the Gauntlet is about to hit you with three obstacles in a row. Starting with an unassuming, yet surprisingly challenging, balance beam section, things escalate quickly onto two separate upper-body traverses. Channel your inner Tarzan to swing across rope-mounted handholds in section #2, before finishing up with an overhead shimmy across a dastardly mix of climbing holds, fingerboards, and whatever else we decide to throw up for you to cling onto.

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Watch Your Step

These suckers are wobbly, so move quickly, calmly, and with good intentions.

Feel the Rhythm

A good grip will only get you so far here. So hold tight, get some momentum, and fly.

Stay Focused

This is where things get tricky and technical. Grip tight and keep your eye on the prize.

“Three obstacles in one? Now THAT’S value.”

The inside word
Deep dive into the details of Gauntlet.
How To Conquer
Take this one section at a time. Focus on your footwork across the balance beams first. Once you reach the ring section, keep your arms slightly bent at the elbow and let the swinging motion do most of the work. Save that grip strength for the final section of handholds. where you’ll want to grip tight and move fast.


Cracked up in 2019, the Gauntlet sought to combine three classic Tough Mudder features into a challenge that was more than the sum of its parts. Modified version of Twinkle Toes, Hangin’ Tough, and Just the Tip were strung together for the toughest trio this side of the Three Stooges.

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Arctic Enema

A. Giant. Ice. Bath. There's really not much else to say. Be ready to be fully submerged not once, but twice - in ice. This obstacle is all about testing your mental grit. There's no training that can prepare you for this. Still not clear? Re-read the name.

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Participant submerged in Arctic Enema, catching his breath


Depending on the course designers, you will either dunk yourself or be dunked to enter.


Over 20 tons of ice will keep you nice and cool.


Once you emerge, you must again submerge. Nasty.


After what feels like years you will wade your way up and out of the ice chest.

“It’s like the worst brain freeze you’ve ever had, but for your body.”

The inside word
Deep dive into the details of Arctic Enema.
How To Conquer
Focus and a clear mind. Making it through Arctic Enema is all about understanding that your body will feel shocked from the cold and focusing on your movements through the icy bath. There is no need to panic, once you re-surface from the first dunk, take a breath, plunge under the second baffle and keep your feet moving. You will be out the other side in no time.
Obstacle Training Tips
This obstacle is entirely mental, so it won’t matter how many chin-ups you can do or how far you can run. Everyone will react differently to the sub-zero temperature. While you cannot prepare physically, you can train your mind to stay clear and focused when under duress. Other than that, maybe throw a couple of ice-cubes in your next bath.
Obstacle FAQs
Q: How cold is it really?
A: Cold. Very, very cold.


What started as a variety of ice-based obstacles slowly morphed into Arctic Enema (Hot Shots anyone?). At first, you just had to climb in and wade through the ice. However, as the year’s progressed those crazies in the obstacle innovation lab started to add more ways to ensure that you had to submerge your whole body as many times as possible. Now it really lives up to its name.

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The Block Ness Monster

To defeat this mythical monster, the Block Ness Monster, you will need an army. No solo soldiers will be able to negotiate the 9-metre long cuboid that sits semi-submerged in chest-deep water. Together with your teammates and fellow Mudders, you will need to rock, roll, push and haul yourselves over the rotating blocks.

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At over 9 metres long, it is these two huge wooden blocks that you will have to clamber over.


You’re going to get wet. Wading through the murky depths is not an option.


Giving each other a boost up and over while timing synchronized pushes and pulls is the only way through.


You can’t go under it, you can’t go round it. The only way is up.

“The most fun you can have out on course. The teamwork was incredible.”

The inside word
Deep dive into the details of the Block Ness Monster.
How To Conquer
The Block Ness Monster is all about teamwork. It requires strong communication between friends and strangers alike. A whole lot of people need to push one side up, while a lot more people push the other side down. Once it is moving a few people at a time can shimmy over the top as it rotates.
Obstacle Training Tips
Taking on the Block Ness Monster is more about communication and teamwork. Although, you will need to be able to pull yourself up and over the block. Having good upper body strength is certainly an advantage. While you will be required to push the block up and pull it down, the more people helping makes it easier. So just focus on being able to pull-up your body weight and you will be fine.
Obstacle FAQs
Q: Do you have to get wet?
A: Umm. Yes. Have you seen the pictures?

Q: Can I do it alone?
A: You can, however, you will never be on this obstacle alone.

Q: How heavy are the cuboids?
A: Technically speaking. Very heavy. The water and your fellow Mudders will help you.


The Block Ness Monster is one of the best examples of crazy and unexpected our obstacle innovation process can be. Discovery and innovation continue to evolve throughout the whole innovation journey. Originally designed by one of Tough Mudder’s interns, the blocks were intended to have people run across it. During testing, as people kept falling in, they started to push and pull the blocks. The rest is history.

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Widow’s Peak

You'll be wishing you had four extra limbs when you face this web of tightropes suspended over a water pit. Grab on wherever you can and hold on tight as the movement of your fellow Mudders causes you to shake, rattle and roll.


The tallest obstacle to ever be erected on an obstacle course, Mudderhorn will take your breath away. Standing at almost 3 stories tall, our very own great ascent is sure to test your fear of heights. Clamber up one side towards the sun, admire the view and then try to not look down as you scramble down the other side.

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As you approach, take it all in. Woah, it’s big.


Get your teammates to give you an initial leg-up.


Stay calm, swing your leg over and start the descent.


That’s right. You will feel it.

“It’s so high and you can see right through it. Unlike any other obstacle I have ever tried.”

The inside word
Deep dive into the details of Mudderhorn.
How To Conquer
Stay calm and climb up like you’re on a really big ladder. Keep your eyes forward, your weight evenly distributed and a good steady pace on your ascent. When you reach the top, keep the same rhythm but now in reverse.
Obstacle Training Tips
While there is no real training for a fear of heights, there are few you can do to help you get over Mudderhorn. Key areas to help you out are leg strength and grip strength. You want to be comfortable holding your body weight and are well balanced at all times on the cargo net.
Obstacle FAQs
Q: What if you get stuck up there?
A: What goes up must come down. Eventually…


The Giant-A-Frame structure, first saw use at WTM 2016, creating an epic backdrop to the start line. Well received as it was, Mudderhorn’s size and complexity meant it wasn’t considered for wider use during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. 2019 saw a re-focus on the structure and Mudderhorn was finally scaled for Tough Mudder Classic and rolled out across the season to much delight among participants.

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