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Great Big Walk Day 55: To Thame (3820m)

To Thame (3820m/3hrs).
We turn south and down valley towards Lukla for our return to Kathmandu. There are Sherpa villages to be explored as we descend the gorge. We will spend the night at the pretty village of Thame with its spectacular monastery.

Quote for the Day

 

Did You Know?

 

Find Your Fit Fact

 

Activity Suggestion:

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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #55


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Great Big Walk Location Update Day #55

TA
Latitude:27.83090
Longitude:86.65058
GPS location Date/Time:04/24/2014 02:35:43 NDT

Message:Great Big Walk: This is TA & Marian’s location on the Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal.Thanks for walking with us

Click the link below to see where I am located.
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Great Big Walk Day 54: Cross Renjo La to Taranga (4368m

Cross Renjo La to Taranga (4368m)
The crossing of the Renjo La Pass will be exciting and relatively straight forward. The landscape is progressively that of the Tibetan Valleys beyond the border. There is a chance we will meet Tibetan Traders descending from the Nangpa La pass that leads through the Himalayas from Tibet with their caravans of woolly yaks laden with goods.

Quote for the Day

When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the shoe leather has passed into the fiber of your body.  I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Did You Know?

Archaeological evidence shows that Neolithic humans moved into the Himalayas at least 9,000 years ago.

Find Your Fit Fact

Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

Activity Suggestion: Puzzle Relay (Spelling)

Objective: To get students active before the main lesson while also getting them to think and strategize, incorporating different tasks at once.

Materials needed:  Cut outs of the letters “EVEREST”, “MOUNTAIN”, “CLIMBING”, “FROSTBITE”, or other words of similar length which relate to Mount Everest, 4 pylons/ markers to show where the groups line up.

Activity Description:

- Each group will have one word which they will have to unscramble (the group will not know what their word is before hand)

-  In groups of 4-5, have students lined up (single file behind their pylons)

-  Each group will have a set of letters located directly across from them

-  On go, the first person in line will run towards their letters, and bring back ONE letter.

-  The next person in line will do the same, until each letter has been returned to the group

-  Once all the letters have been brought back the group can begin trying to unscramble their letters to put together their given word.

-  The game does not end until each word has been completed (encourage students to help other groups to finish their words!!!)

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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #54


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Great Big Walk Location Update Day #54

TA
Latitude:27.88572
Longitude:86.63802
GPS location Date/Time:04/23/2014 06:22:27 NDT

Message:Great Big Walk: This is TA & Marian’s location on the Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal.Thanks for walking with us

Click the link below to see where I am located.
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Great Big Walk Day 53: To Renjo La High Camp (5200m)

To Renjo La high camp
We trek around Gokyo Lake to set up our wilderness camp below the Renjo La pass ready for our crossing tomorrow.

Quote for the Day

My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.  ~Aldous Huxley

Did You Know?

A pivotal moment in Nepal’s history was the birth of the Buddha. Prince Siddharta Gautama (563-483 B.C.), of Lumbini, forswore his royal life and devoted himself to spirituality. He became known as the Buddha, or “the enlightened one.”

Find Your Fit Fact

Walking is free. Unlike most other forms of exercise, all walking requires is a pair of good walking shoes. Walk in the park; on the road; up the stairs; on a treadmill; in a long corridor, it really doesn’t matter. You don’t need expensive equipment or a partner to do this. So if you’re in the mood for a good, safe workout, just start walking!

Activity Suggestion: Sherpa Says

Objective: To get the students active and used to listening to commands.

Activity Description: Students are to scatter around the general area but close enough that they can hear the directions from the “Sherpa”. When “Sherpa Says” a command the students must do the action. For example “Sherpa Says: Run around the general space”. However to test the attention of your students you may frame a question without the “Sherpa Says” framing to see who does the action. The object of the game is only move when the Sherpa says the command.

Framing of the game could be build around the following guideline. On Mount Everest listening to your Sherpa is very important. Your Sherpa is there to protect you and keep you safe. When I say Sherpa Says you should do the command, when I do not say Sherpa Says you should not, as you should only listen to your Sherpa who is the person who is interested is your safety.

 

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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #53


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Great Big Walk Location Update Day #53

TA
Latitude:27.94979
Longitude:86.66885
GPS location Date/Time:04/22/2014 02:26:28 NDT

Message:Great Big Walk: This is TA & Marian’s location on the Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal.Thanks for walking with us

Click the link below to see where I am located.
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Great Big Walk Day 52: Gokyo, ascend Gokyo Ri (5483m)

At Gokyo, ascend Gokyo Ri (5483m)
The steady and unrelenting ascent of Gokyo Ri will take around two hours. We will be elated when we reach the summit with its spectacular view. Probably the most comprehensive view of 8,000 metre peaks in Nepal, many people consider it to be Nepal’s best. Surrounding us are Cho Oyu (8153m), (a mountain that defeated a British Expedition of climbers, including Hillary, in their lead-up to their successful assault of Everest), Gyangchung Kang (7922m), Lhotse (8501m), Makalu (8475m), Cholatse (6440m), Taweche (6542m), Kantega (6685m), Thamserku (6808m), Lobuche (6145m) and Mt Everest (8848m). Hundreds of other unnamed peaks fill the scene, whilst below us the Ngozumba Glacier, the largest in Nepal, stretches through the valley. The striking colour
of the lakes below completes the picture. The only way to get a better view of the entire Everest region would be to climb an 8,000 metre peak! Although further from Everest than Kala Pattar, the traditional viewing point, here we see more of the mountain and enjoy a more relaxed environment to view the peak.

Quote for the Day

I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.  ~G.M. Trevelyan

Did You Know?

The National Motto of Nepal is “The Motherland Is Worth More than the Kingdom of Heaven.

Find Your Fit Fact

Strolling reduces stroke risk. Walking briskly for just 30 minutes, five days a week can significantly lower your risk of suffering a stroke, according to University of South Carolina researchers. After studying 46,000 men and 15,000 women over the course of 18 years, those with increased fitness levels associated with regular brisk walking had a 40 percent lower risk of suffering a stoke than those with the lowest fitness level.

Activity Suggestion: Sherpa Tag 2

Mark off the boundaries of your area. One player starts off as ‘sherpa’ (tagger). When a player is tagged they must link up by the arm with the tagger and now they both become taggers (lead by the sherpa). The game continues like this until only one player remains who is the winner. The link can break up at any time (minimum links of 3 people) and can also rejoin at any time. Again, this game replicates traveling in groups following a sherpa, as you would be when climbing Mount Everest.

 

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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #52


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Great Big Walk Location Update Day #52

TA
Latitude:27.95405
Longitude:86.69414
GPS location Date/Time:04/21/2014 05:46:32 NDT

Message:Great Big Walk: This is TA & Marian’s location on the Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal.Thanks for walking with us

Click the link below to see where I am located.
http://fms.ws/GU0VR/27.95405N/86.69414E

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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #51


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Great Big Walk Day 51: Cross Cho La to Gokyo (4759m)

Cross Cho La to Gokyo (4759m)
The views today are magnificent as we leave the Everest watershed and enter that of Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. The crossing involves a steep scramble up rock boulders and then a walk across the gently ascending, snow-covered glacier that caps the pass, the views of the route ahead, and of the glacier itself, are breathtaking. We descend steep boulder strewn slopes to the Gokyo valley below. This is a valley of turquoise lakes and great glaciers.

For the first part of the descent there are discernible paths that zigzag down the mountainside – slippery in snow! The ground then levels out and the path all but disappears as we hop across a field of boulders. Finally we climb a gentle slope to the top, from where it’s all downhill, following a narrow river valley all
the way to its base at Dragnag, a small Sherpa settlement nestled beneath great rock walls, just a stone’s throw from the Ngozumba Glacier. Continuing on we reach Gokyo in the late afternoon.

Quote for the Day

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.  ~John Muir

Did You Know?

There are over 100 recognized languages in Nepal. The most commonly used are Nepali (also called Gurkhali or Khaskura), spoken by nearly 60 percent of the population, and Nepal Bhasa (Newari).  According to Nepal’s constitution, all of the national languages can be used as official languages.

Find Your Fit Fact

Exercising for a sustained period of time is still the best way we know to make improvements in your fitness. But for many, exercising for long periods of time can be intimidating. Most of us experience days when unforeseen events throw off our schedules and prevent us from having a solid block of time for exercise.

Significant health benefits can be realized by simply ceasing to sit and starting to move. The risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, non-insulin-dependent diabetes, and colon and breast cancers can be reduced just by becoming more physically active.

Activity Suggestion: Slippery Trails

Materials needed: 2 pieces of paper per person

Activity Description:

-  Give each student two sheets of paper.

-  Have students place both sheets on the floor and put one foot firmly on each sheet. Challenge students to move or “ski” around the activity area in different directions, gradually increasing their speed.

What was your favorite part of the activity? What didn’t you like? What was the easiest way to move, fast or slow? Was it safer to bend your knees or keep them straight?

 

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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #50


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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #50


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Great Big Walk Day 50: To Dzongla (4843m)

We proceed to Dzongla, another spectacularly situated camp, on our way to our next pass, the Cho La.

Quote for the Day

Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Did You Know?

The first two women to reach the summit of Mount Everest did so in 1989.

Find Your Fit Fact

Physical activity does not have to be vigorous or done for long periods in order to improve your health. A 2007 study of inactive women found that even a low level of exercise – around 75 minutes per week – improved their fitness levels significantly, when compared to a non-exercising group.

Activity Suggestion: Thin Ice

Materials Needed: 9 hula hoops per group.

Using the nine hula hoops the instructor should make a grid which the children must navigate. The ice is only safe on certain hula hoops meaning there is only one correct way to get out of the “ice”.  If a student were to walk on thin ice they would have to go to the exit the way they entered and go to the back of the line. Eventually by trial and error and the students remembering which routes are correct they will be able to exit the ice and finish the game.

 

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Great Big Walk Location Update Day #50

TA
Latitude:27.94674
Longitude:86.76912
GPS location Date/Time:04/19/2014 07:37:09 NDT

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Click the link below to see where I am located.
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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #49


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It’s Find Your Fit Friday on the Great Big Walk Day 49: To Dingboche (4360m)

Happy Find Your Fit Friday to ALL!  TA is the ambassador for  Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador's Find Your Fit Campaign.  How are you finding your fit?

Happy Find Your Fit Friday to ALL! TA is the ambassador for Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador’s Find Your Fit Campaign. How are you finding your fit?

Find Your Fit! is a provincial physical activity promotions/communications campaign designed to get individuals motivated and moving towards healthy, active living.  The Find Your Fit! website is an excellent resource for physical activity throughout the lifespan.  You are also invited to join the Great Big Walk on the Walkabout Website if you would like to log your steps along with us.  Walking is an excellent and simple way to find your fit.

Trek to Dingboche (4360m)
We trek to Dingboche and our comfortable private campsite. Over the past
week we have made crossings of some of the most challenging terrain found in the Himalaya. From our camp we have excellent views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Chukung Peak and Imja Tse (6189m) are had from both in the valley or from the ridge above the camp. Massive glaciers drape beneath cliffs that soar up to 3,500 metres in this dramatic valley.

Quote for the Day

Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.  ~Joseph Pilates

Did You Know?

The Sherpas are an ethnic group from mostly the eastern mountainous part of Nepal. Many are employed by mountain expeditions as they do not suffer the effect of altitude and due to their genetics and upbringing. Many groups refer to their porters as Sherpas.

Find Your Fit Fact

Walking improves physical function. Research shows that walking improves fitness and physical function and prevents physical disability in older persons.

Activity Suggestion: Everest Rescue

(Dingboche is very close to the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic at Pheriche)

Objective: To get your entire team to safety

Materials Needed: Per group: 1 scooter and one mat. Also one general mat in the center of the gym. Rope to tie onto the scooter

The activity is done by diving the class into four groups with one scooter and one mat in each corner of the gym. Each group is stranded on their mat and must get rescued by getting from their mat to the mat in the center of the gym. The first member starts on the scooter and rides to their safety mat. Once there, they slide the scooter back to their group members on the central mat (while holding onto the rope attached). The next group member then sits on the scooter, and is pulled to the safety mat by the person who was just rescued. This is repeated until the entire team has been rescued safely.

 

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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #48


Hey this is TA calling in from day 48. We are at the Injola lake camp at an elevation of  4943. What an awesome day we had. My goodness gracious. Amphu labtsa is a fabulous pass. A great one to be number 3. The one side that we climbed we ascended this morning had the mushroom ice fall and it was a fairly inactive icefall so that means we could enjoy being amongst the towering ice cliffs as we passed through there and took lots of pictures and we topped up and our amazing Sherpa climbing team had the porters all set up in terms of lowering their loads and then going down so we just popped over the top, spotted Makalu and lots of other peaks. The Island peak and Lohtse and started the descent. The first of the bit was kind of interesting. Some scrambly rocky stuff with our crampons on. Then we got to the fixed line and then to our first abseil or repel.

Kind of interesting because as we were going down, a German team was coming up. They were actually climbing with Al Hancock on Makalu but they wanted to warm up doing what they call the icy kols. So we had to be very careful not to step on their ropes with our crampons. Then we had a fun kind of like rampy descent that was protected by press hooks and safety as we went down and had some lunch. Got everyone off the mountain, got the mountain all cleaned of all the protective gear and then made our way another couple of hours down. So a big long day for everyone. We were up at five and the first group of us pulled into camp here at 5. The other guys got in at 6 and definitely fatigue all around and excitement all around. People are feeling pretty proud of themselves as they should. 3 kols, without any incidents except perhaps maybe one smashed hot chocolate and we can strain out the plastic bits with our teeth.

Marian had 15 164 steps. I had 15 425 and Cam had 13 989. We all logged in around 10 km for today so a big day and with our elevation gain it was about 100 floors. Wanted to say congrats to Carly. That is terrific. I am so excited you’ve got that submitted and yes indeed we’ve got lots to celebrate when we’re back. Congrats to the grade 4 class at Bishop of Abraham for 25 times around the gym. That is amazing. Thanks Glen for your text it couldn’t have arrived on a better day and congrats to Yaya that’s cool that you got an award. So lots of things to celebrate here on day 48 of the great big walk. Which today was definitely one of those great big climb days.

Everyone is looking forward to a good night’s sleep. A little bit lower elevation here. Again it is kind of funny to think of 5000 m as lower elevation but tomorro we will drive to dinboche and skins wounds might actually start healing, snickers bars will be available and maybe a little bit of internet. Who knows? But fabulous day, just an awesome pass, so excited. Marian and I were supposed to cross it a year ago. So exciting to do it today. Hello again to Christina Tyler. You would’ve loved it. It was amazing, maybe some day you will put it back on your adventure schedule and hope you found some time to take a great big walk today or a great big swim or a great big hike or a great big soccer game or a great big hockey game. Whatever it is, find something that you love to do and get out there and do it because again I think that our lives are enriched when we do. That’s all from today. I’ll stop rambling on and catch my breath and we will catch you from Dingboche tomorrow on the great big walk. Thanks so much! Bye bye!

Total Steps for TA: I had 15 425, 100 floors

Total Steps for Marian: 15 164 steps, 100 floors

Total Distance for TA:

Total Distance for Marian:

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Great Big Walk Day 48: Cross Amphu Labsta (5845m) to Chukung (4730m)

Cross Amphu Labsta (5845m) to Chukung (4730m)
An alpine start for our pass crossing. The approach to the pass from the Honku is deceptive. Facing east and southward there is much more sun and little snow, just a collection of rocks that gradually lead up to the gap we travel through. On the north facing side we find steep slopes of snow that we must take care to descend by fixed ropes to the snow basins below and subsequent moraine and alpine valley beyond. The views from this 5845m pass crossing to the peaks of Khumbu are unmatched. Any spare moment whilst we are climbing and descending will allow us to appreciate the spectacle of the peaks of the region. This will take 10 to 12 hours.

Quote for the Day

Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart. ~Gene Tunney

Did You Know?

Sir Edmund Hillary’s son Peter successfully climbed to the summit of Mount Everest in 1990.

Find Your Fit Fact

Walking in short bouts improves fitness, too! A study of sedentary women showed that short bouts of brisk walking (three 10-minute walks per day) resulted in similar improvements in fitness and were at least as effective in decreasing body fatness as long bouts (one 30-minute walk per day).

Activity Suggestion: Supply Earnings

Objective: To get students thinking in a quick paced environment. This game is designed to get students to draw upon knowledge in a high pressure race like situation.

Materials Needed: Per group 5 bean bags of 5 different colors.

The object of the game is for students to do mathematical conversions to earn supplies. There is to be five trail lengths which the students must convert to centimeters, meters and kilometers. When they have the correct answer they must run to the teacher with the answer. Each correct answer gives them a corresponding color bean bag. Once all 5 bean bags are collected the group has all the supplies needed to climb Everest.

 

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Great Big Walk Location Update Day #48

TA
Latitude:27.89847
Longitude:86.90550
GPS location Date/Time:04/17/2014 08:47:41 NDT

Message:Great Big Walk: This is TA & Marian’s location on the Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal.Thanks for walking with us

Click the link below to see where I am located.
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Great Big Walk Day 47: Amphu Labsta Base (5400m)

A Rest and Acclimatization Day
A new vista of peaks span out before us including Ama Dablam to the distant west, and many unnamed peaks. Amphu Labsta Base Camp is set close to the rocks that lead up to the pass.

Quote for the Day

My most memorable hikes can be classified as ‘Shortcuts that Backfired’.
Edward Abbey

Did You Know?

Only 16% of the land in Nepal is arable land ie. land that is suitable for farming purposes.

Find Your Fit Fact

Walking improves fitness. Walking just three times a week for 30 minutes can significantly increase cardiorespiratory fitness.

Activity Suggestion: Crevasse Crossing

Objective: To get students moving and thinking; to get them to come up with strategies on how to cross over a separation in the floor which depicts the crevasses you will encounter on Mount Everest.  To do this they must get one person at a time across the “crevasse”, while getting all the equipment to the other side as well.

Materials Needed:  Per group; 2 cones, 1 mat, 1 rope, 1 hockey stick, 1 ball, 1 bean bag.

The object of the game is for each team to get across the crevasse without falling into it.  Also you have to get all your equipment across the crevasse.  If any part of the students body touches the space between the cones (known as the crevasse), they have to drop what equipment they have and return to the starting shore.  Students have to figure out how to use the equipment to cross the crevasse.  The fun part is once one or two students get across they have to send it back to the other side somehow.  Many times they will get stuck and have to rescued by another student on another piece of equipment.  It forces the students to work  strategically together as a group.

 

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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #47


Hey this is TA calling in from day 47 and we said the other day that 47 was sort of like what we were about recognizing that our trip is only about 3 weeks left in it. We are located at the Amphu Labsta base camp at an elevation of about 5400 and anywhere between 40 and 86 m above sea level depending on which device you consult. We wanted to say a big hello and thinking of you to Christina Tyler, sitting here at the foot of the amphu labsta. You would’ve loved seeing what we’re seeing here and what are we seeing? We’re seeing an amazing glacier ice fall with several ice shells that look somewhat like the gills of a mushroom. A giant glistening white mushroom amphsa icefolicus labtsa sidium is what I’ve named my giant icefall mushroom and tomorrow we will most likely be making our way up through those icefalls. Icefalls gills iced off with our crampons and big plastic boots to make our way over the third high passage.

We had a pretty good move today. I had 10 317 steps, Marian had 9 826 and Cam had 9 623. Coming in at around 7 km. It was a bit of hard work. I think one just because we were walking on Talus the entire time just about or snow and also just because I think we’re starting to have a build up of fatigue from some very big days at high altitude. I wanted to say a special hello to Holy cross elementary and the students there and hope you will join me in celebrating that we’ve reached over 750 000 steps for the great big walk with our steps today. We’re hoping to reach a million before we finish.

We had some very very variable weather today. I recognized it as a johari window of weather. It was definitely teaching me equanimity towards the weather. Basically if you have a graph that has a little sun and a little wind in one axis and lots and lots in the other corners. If we had a little wind and a little sun we felt pretty good. If we had lots of sun and very little wind we were way too hot. If we had lots of wind and very little sun we were two cold and if there was lots of wind and lots of sun we were pretty good and if other than that we were changing our layers and unzipping and zipping and unzipping and zipping. We were walking with Lhakpa today and basically he left camp and never adjusted the thing and he is my new hero. I do not know how he quite does that.

Thanks to Heather Courage for the Easter date. Thanks April 20th. We will know to send off Easter greetings and for your class doing 20 times around the gym. That is absolutely positively awesome. That is very exciting and I was thinking today about one of my favorite Buddhist books which is called the wisdom of no escape by (inaudible) and she says basically sometimes it is important to put yourself in situations that you cannot get out of except for one way and at the moment several of us are thinking yep, we’ve got one way to out of here which is over the pass. Again we are still waiting for the plan to be affected by our team. There is another group moving up valley. Our climbing Sherpa’s need to set the fixed lines to keep us safe as we go over the pass. So we don’t know if we’re on an early departure, mid departure, on delay or just what but most likely we will be going over the pass tomorrow and then heading down towards Island peak base camp for the night and then into (inaudible) the next day.

We gained about 200 m or about 60 floors today and probably felt every single one of those floors but all is well. We’re eating and trying our best to eat and drink up here at 5400 and change meters above sea level. Thanks so much for tuning in to the great big walk and hope that you found some place to take your own great big walk today and tomorrow will definitely be another of our great big climb type of days. Thanks and have a great day. Bye!

Total Steps for TA: 10 317 steps

Total Steps for Marian: 9 826 steps

Total Distance for TA: 7 km

Total Distance for Marian: 7 km

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Great Big Walk Location Update Day #47

TA
Latitude:27.86268
Longitude:86.91947
GPS location Date/Time:04/16/2014 04:44:02 NDT

Message:Great Big Walk: This is TA & Marian’s location on the Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal.Thanks for walking with us

Click the link below to see where I am located.
http://fms.ws/GPQX2/27.86268N/86.91947E

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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #46


Hey this is TA calling in from day 46 at Baruntse base camp at an elevation of 5477 and look I said that whole sentence without even having to pause for breath. We’ve come down about 400m and we think it is God’s gift which is kind of funny because if you ask anyone who has just come to 54 they would think that they were at extreme elevation.

So we got through last night. It was pretty rough conditions but our staff was awesome, delivering supper to us in our tents and then we woke up this morning just about an hour before the sun hit our tent and really the action started this morning once the sun hit the tent. There wasn’t a whole lot on the go. One of the guys has a thermometer he has in his tent and he gave it to me in fahrenheit and it was -12 farenheit. Something like that inside the tent. (inaudible) -18 centigrade inside the tent and you can add a factor of -5 to -10 outside the tent so basically lets just call it chilling and agree to go there. So pretty chilly. We had a beautiful sunny morning for our walk downhill. It was entirely downhill. Both fitbits registered no floors of gain which actually matched the reality. I had 7976 steps. Marian had 8081 and Cam had 7722. We went about 5 to 5.5 km and we’ve had a half day rest day. We were actually supposed to be here yesterday for a full rest day but of course the weather had a different plan for us and we’ve used today well to dry our gear.

One of the things, if you’ve ever been out in the winter time camping, you will know everytime you breathe out, every time you have a hot drink, every time you have 3 wonderful dinners in your tent, every time you sleep in your sleeping bag you are introducing this wonderful stuff we call condensation into your atmosphere in your cute little tent and even if you vent it out really well, after a couple of days, you have a situation like we all had this morning where if anyone touches the tent it snows inside. So let us just say that everyone is pretty excited to have dry gear, dry fluffy sleeping bags to be sleeping in tonight. As we started to walk down we had clear views of Baruntse. Remember tse is a word for peak and it was pretty exciting to finally get to see the mountain in all of its glory because it was the first mountaineering expedition I supported by buying a t-shirt in 1990. It was an all women’s expedition. So great to see the peak and definitely from this side, the rocky side it is quite the peak. You usually climb it from the back side where we’ve just come.

We are in the very remote, very wilderness valley at the moment. There are lots of glaciers you can see that glaciers shape this valley. Moraines, ice, glacial highways and we are here at the base camp so we can see some prayer flags. There aren’t any expeditions this spring, either yet, I think it is often a fall peak but we are enjoying some weather that is now just starting to change into snow. Let’s see. I thought it would actually be kind of entertaining some folks may remember that the egg producers board of Newfoundland and Labrador was my sponsor in 2009 and what we have for breakfast here is one egg each and it is someone, some porters job to carry the eggs and he does an amazing job over these passes because we don’t have scrambled eggs every day. We did have a question here that hopefully someone can text us the answer to, because Marian and I already ate our peace at Kanchenjunga base camp. When’s Easter? We know it must be coming up soon. We are seeing the full moon through each and every night here. So would someone text us in just so we know when to eat the non-existent chocolate bunny rabbits and marshmallows.

So I think that is it here from April 14th. I think legs are a little bit tired. We’ve passed two of our big passes. Tomorrow is a positioning day and then we will be hopping over pass number 3 the following day so as always your thoughts and prayers are appreciated and we will probably have some milestones to celebrate tomorrow on the great big walk. Hope you’re having a great Tuesday, yeah it is Tuesday. Monday sort of was a bit of blur. So hope you’re having a great active Tuesday. Get out there and have a great big walk and we will catch you from tomorrow. Thanks and take care. Bye!

Total Steps for TA: 7976 steps

Total Steps for Marian: 8081 steps

Total Distance for TA: 5.5 km

Total Distance for Marian: 5.5 km

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Great Big Walk Day 46: To Amphu Labsta Base (5400m)

Amphu Labsta Base (5400m)
The Amphu Labsta pass is situated immediately at the head of the valley to our right and is basically the low point on the ridge between the Honku and the Imja valleys. For this day or so we are in the Honku. A new vista of peaks span out before us including Ama Dablam to the distant west, and many unnamed peaks. Amphu Labsta Base Camp is set close to the rocks that lead up to the pass.

Quote for the Day

Travel is the discovery of truth; an affirmation of the promise that human kind is far more beautiful than it is flawed. With each trip comes a new optimism that where there is despair and hardship, there are ideas and people just waiting to be energized, to be empowered, to make a difference for good.
Dan Thompson

Did You Know?

Some of the natural hazards that afflict Nepal include severe thunderstorms, landslides, avalanches, and floods.

Find Your Fit Fact

Walking helps alleviate symptoms of depression. Walking for 30 minutes, three to five times per week for 12 weeks reduced symptoms of depression as measured with a standard depression questionnaire by 47%.

Activity Suggestion: Heat Loss Dance

Purpose: To teach students the different ways they can lose heat outdoors.

Using the teachers specifications as a guide, the students will dance out the 4 types of heat loss.

-   The teacher shows the class a diagram of the forms of heat loss which includes CONVECTION, CONDUCTION, RADIATION, and EVAPORATION.

-  As a group, the teacher and class walk through the general space following the forms of heat loss. Name a form of heat loss and have the children move around the gym while using the corresponding dance (allow the to make up their own). Walking through the different types will give the students a better idea of basically how heat loss works as well as memorizing the four types.

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Great Big Walk Location Update Day #46

TA
Latitude:27.84342
Longitude:86.95273
GPS location Date/Time:04/15/2014 04:08:40 NDT

Message:Great Big Walk: This is TA & Marian’s location on the Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal.Thanks for walking with us

Click the link below to see where I am located.
http://fms.ws/GOUxi/27.84342N/86.95273E

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