I’m so impressed by all of the different ways that Mike Diver and I have led similar lives in gaming, because I’ve done stuff like this all of my life. For me, as of recent, my everest has been landing a 900 degree spin in Thrasher: Skate and Destroy for the PlayStation. I’ve got 720s down, and I’m fairly sure that I’ve actually completed the rotations before, but just couldn’t roll away from it.
Actually, come to think of it, a lot of those sorts of games have presented their own personal "everest"s for me. I still haven’t landed a triple backflip in either of the Dave Mirra’s Freestyle BMX games despite probably hours of trying, the 1260 evaded me for a while when I was like 13 playing the original skate on the XBOX 360.
Probably the biggest that I remember was getting 300-yards rushing in one game in ESPN NFL 2K5 for the PS2, I was maybe 12 or 13 at the time. I struggled with that game for a long time but I eventually got it done in one franchise mode with the Ravens against the Cleveland Browns. I think there were only about 30 seconds left in the game, I had the ball at around midfield, had racked up about 260 yards already, and ran for a 45 yard touchdown to end the game off. I think the game gave you a trophy for it (like, a little trophy that went in the virtual trophy room in your virtual house, this was way before the PSN trophies)