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

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 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


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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


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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.
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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #46


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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

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Click the link below to see where I am located.
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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #45


Hey this is TA calling in from day 45 of the great big climb. Definitely called the great big climb today. We are located at the foot of West kol at an elevation of somewhere between 5939 and 5959. I am going to call it 5959 which means we are sleeping on top of Mount Logan. We actually reached the summit and slept on the summit of Denali or Mt. Mckinley yesterday so that is the highest peak in North America and Mt. Logan is the second highest peak. That is the highest peak in Canada. Denali is the highest peak in the US.

I don’t know if you can hear the wind kind of rustling. The sun is just going down so the temperature is about to plummet. We started off with a beautiful sunny day. Both Marian and I are rosy peak cheeked and nosed because we only used our sticks today not our (inaudible) because it was epically frozen this morning. It was pretty chilly last night. After about we passed up camp fairly early and our climbing Sherpas went off to fix the descent ropes for the west kol and just as they finished getting those ready for both us and the porters, the weather changed dramatically and brought in some of the most epic conditions I have ever descended in. So we had lots of standing around in very brisk wind and cold conditions. So we were standing with our backs to the wind for probably 4 hours between the top of kol and the base of the kol while the loads where getting lowered. So a challenging day to be out here and that is one of the reasons we did not get as low as we hoped to tonight. It just was so zapping for everyone. Our climbing Sherpas are absolutely amazing. They were up on top of the kol probably about 8 hours in truly epic conditions. So I bow down to them. I am humbled by them each and everyday.

We did have someone get a little bit of hypothermia but the team bonded together and (inaudible) so they are fine. We crossed a little bit higher, got the west kol where sometimes the cross was covered in some pretty amazing blue ice so we crossed at about 6190 today and again fitbit is being in new locations. Mine was 6068, 19 floors and about 4 km. Marian’s was 3061, 3 floors and about 2 km so not sure how they fit into the reality but it was only about a 45 minute walk up to where we were going to cross the kol. A lovely little jaunt to get all warmed up and then probably half an hour walk down. So not a big day in the walking department but definitely a big day in the put your mountaineering skills to work with coming down so pretty hard blue ice over the kol and rocks and abseiling and stuff and as you can hear in my voice we are still at altitude. So we are going to have probably another cold night with maybe not the best sleep. Still Marian had a fabulous sleep last night so she’s amazing. I think she was so wiped from the night before. So we’re all hanging in. We knew these days would all be epic, those just from the kind of terrain we are crossing and the weather that could come and this part of the Himalayas is treating us to all that. We are earning our crossing here on the great big walk. Thanks for your prayers and good thoughts. We are appreciating those and hopefully you will head out on a great big walk of your own today. Take care. Bye!

Total Steps for TA: 6068 steps, 19 floors

Total Steps for Marian: 3061 steps , 3 floors

Total Distance for TA: 4 km

Total Distance for Marian: 2 km

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Great Big Walk Day 45: Cross West Col (5400m)

Cross West Col After our crossings are completed we descend into the Honku valley nearby five large glacial lakes which sprawl out before us. They are known as Panch Pokhari (five lakes).

Quote for the Day What it is…is a place where I can return to myself. It’s enough of a scramble to get to…that the energy expended is significant, and it translates into a change in my body chemistry and my psychological chemistry and my heart chemistry…                 ― Jay Salter

Did You Know? Everest in the Nepali language is Sagarmatha which means goddess of the sky and it stands at a staggering 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level.

Find Your Fit Fact Walking is good for your bones. Research shows that postmenopausal women who walk approximately one mile each day have higher whole-body bone density than women who walk shorter distances, and walking is also effective in slowing the rate of bone loss from the legs.

Activity Suggestion: Sherpa Says

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

Materials: None

Activity Description: On Mount Everest, Sherpas are critical to the success of most every expedition, therefore, listening to your Sherpa is very important. 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.

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Great Big Walk Location Update Day #45

TA
Latitude:27.84400
Longitude:86.98595
GPS location Date/Time:04/14/2014 08:23:40 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/GNirS/27.84400N/86.98595E

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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #44


Hey this is TA calling in from day 44 of the great big climb as it was today. It was definitely not a walk. We are located at West kol camp at approximately 6130m above sea level and I probably won’t be able to get sentences out without pausing because we are 500 or so meters above our camp last night without an acclimatization stop. It was what I might call usually an epic day. We had a 4am wake up and I know for me I slept pretty well in the early part of the evening, but then didn’t really sleep from about midnight on. So not much sleep. It was definitely a super cold morning and if you looked around the breakfast tablet people we’re terribly interesting in eating. So not much sleep, not much breakfast. Super cold and off we went to try to gain, actually we did more than try as Judah says there is no try do or don’t do and we did gain enough elevation to cross the kol.

In looking at all the maps. Our itinerary says we went over Sherpani kol. We’re not convinced. It might have been East kol, it might have been some unnamed kol but it could’ve been Sherpani kol as well. So we gained the 500 m then we had fixed lines to go the last really sort of super steep part to the kol. It was pretty amazing to watch our climbing Sherpa’s send all the loads down over the kol using a flying fox or zipline down to the ground. Once they were finished with that then we all had about a 6 section abseil rappel down to the other side of the pass and then we had about a hour and a half or an hour pole into across the glacier, the Barun glacier, to our camp here. We’re fairly close to West kol which I will suspect be crossing tomorrow and kind of exciting after the big day having some (inaudible) as I often. I like definitely not the opera if you want to hear a fun story about me and a tea bottle after an epic day. Check out the live show. OK let’s make it the lower Barun glacier that we walked across this afternoon. Didn’t fall in any kavasses so that is good. So yeah check out the live show podcast from St. John’s and you can hear me talking about the joys of using a tea bottle with cramping legs.

Trying to rehydrate and snack up here after our big day. I was thinking this day definitely went in the top 5 or maybe top 8 epic mountain days for me along in that list would be Denali summit day, the Aconcagua summit day, the returning to camp two for summer (inaudible) in 2010 after only 2 days rest day and probably some others. I think it is definitely a type two kind of a day. I think it will seem fun maybe in a week or so. At the moment I think people are pretty tired and have had big days. We actually have several more epic days on the horizon so keep that support and good thoughts for the great big walk coming. Not sure the fitbit was all that accurate today but Marian had 4797 steps, 3.3 km and I had 7979 and 43 floors really with a 500 m gain that is actually well above 1500 feet probably about 150 floors would be more accurate and Cam’s tent is too far away to get her steps. I will try get those for you tomorrow. To Cam’s family know she did fabulous today she is doing great and thanks for all your prayers and good thoughts and it was a, dare to say it was altitude records all round in the team of participants except for me and so that is pretty exciting for everyone and that might be all that I can semi-coherently say at the moment before supper. So day 44, not only a great big walk, a great big climb and thanks for tuning in and we will catch you from tomorrow. Take care. bye!

Total Steps for TA: 7979 steps, 43 floors

Total Steps for Marian: 4797 steps, 150 floors

Total Distance for TA: 3.3 km

Total Distance for Marian: 3.3 km

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Great Big Walk Day 44: Cross Sherpani Col (6180m) to Baruntse High Camp (West Col 6100m)

Cross Sherpani Col (6180m) to Baruntse High Camp (West Col @ 6100m)
If conditions are favourable and the group are moving at a good pace we may attempt to make the crossing of both Cols in a day, but in all likelihood we’ll be camping at Baruntse C1 on the West Col @ 6100m on the first night and descending the Col to the Honku valley the next day. Although these are the most demanding days of our trip, we are deep in the Himalaya and the massive scale of the mountains around us are an awesome sight to behold. There will be sections of roped up travel and rappelling.  It will take 10-12 hours to make this traverse.

Quote for the Day

But it’s all still there in my heart and soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure—they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days to come, like a treasure found and then, voluntarily, surrendered. Returned to the mountains with my blessing. It leaves a golden glowing on the mind.
Edward Abbey

Did You Know?

Most climbers attempt Mount Everest during April and May.

Find Your Fit Fact

Walking is good for your brain. In a study on walking and cognitive function, researchers found that women who walked the equivalent of an easy pace at least 1.5 hours per week had significantly better cognitive function and less cognitive decline than women who walked less than 40 minutes per week.

Activity Suggestion: Frost Bite Tag

Outcome: Students learn about the dangers of frost bite.

Setup: Clear gym floor with specific boundaries.

Rules and procedures: Prior to the start of the game, explain the signs and symptoms of frost bite and the dangers that can ensue. Explain that frost bite can result in loss of fingers or toes. Frost bite is a serious matter so during the game, students want to avoid frost bite at all times.

Pick 2 or 3 students to be taggers. Everyone else must avoid being tagged. If a student gets tagged they become a tagger and must hold the area of their body that was tagged. This area is frostbitten. The game continues until every student is tagged. Students must remain inside the basketball court boundaries.

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Great Big Walk Location Update Day #44

TA
Latitude:27.84842
Longitude:86.99117
GPS location Date/Time:04/13/2014 07:59:03 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/GMoRe/27.84842N/86.99117E

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Great Big Walk Day 43: To Sherpani Col Base Camp (5700m)

To Sherpani Col Base Camp (5700m)
We have 2 days to position ourselves for the crossing of the Sherpani & West Cols.
As we near the Sherpani Col base camp the trail is much less defined and with more boulder hopping, and now that we are climbing high cloud may obscure the trail. We camp high at the snout of the glacier at 5688m with the Sherpani Col 3 hours above us.

Quote for the Day

Jumping from boulder to boulder and never falling, with a heavy pack, is easier than it sounds; you just can’t fall when you get into the rhythm of the dance.
Jack Kerouac

Did You Know?

The temperatures at the top of Mount Everest are typically around 36 degrees below zero in the winter and can drop as low as 60 degrees below.

Find Your Fit Fact

Walking strengthens your heart if you’re male. In one study, mortality rates among retired men who walked less than one mile per day were nearly twice that among those who walked more than two miles per day.

Walking strengthens your heart if you’re female. Women in the Nurse’s Health Study (72,488 female nurses) who walked three hours or more per week reduced their risk of a heart attack or other coronary event by 35% compared with women who did not walk.

Activity Suggestion: Base Race

  • Mark the boundaries of the area with the hula hoops; 1 hoop in each corner of the gym, and 1 hula hoop in between the 2 corners on the longest side of the gym.
  • Split the class up so that each hoop has an even number of people.
  • The tagger must begin by standing in the center circle of the gym.
  • The person designating as the tagger yells “Get to Base Camp!”  Once this is said, everyone must run to a different hoop.
  • If someone is caught, they become a tagger along with the previous tagger(s).
  • The game ends when everyone is caught.

*This game replicates the different base camps spread throughout different elevations of Mount Everest, which provide shelter and warmth and a place to eat for the climbers.

 

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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #43


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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #42


Hey it’s TA calling from Swiss base camp at an elevation of 5211 m above sea level on day 42 of the great big walk. This was a R&R or an R&A day for us again. Rest and acclimatization. We spent the morning doing a lot of walking uphill to gain about 200 m or about 60 floors of elevation gained to give our bodies a little prompting to begin the changes that it continues to need to make as we walk ever higher and then we had a great lunch and then in the afternoon we did some preparation of practicing with our plastic boots, our double walled climbing boots, our crampons or footbangs as I like to call them and practice walking in glacier (inaudible) together. So it has been a busy yet restful day, I had 6027 steps. Cam had 6109 and Marian had 6 378 and as I said about 60 floors for elevation gained and about 4 km for distance. So not our biggest exertion day for sure but that was because it was an R&A day. It is also find your fit Friday. I am a master for find your fit with recreation of Newfoundland and Labrador and one of the aims of the great big walk is to get people out and active in whatever way makes sense for them. Whether that is walking running, skipping, jumping, swimming, biking, whatever fit, aerobics, strength training, so for more resources, you can visit the recreation of Newfoundland and Labrador website.

For us here I wanted to say a big thanks to Phil and Karen for the texts. Good wishes and prayers. We set off tomorrow to begin anywhere between 5 and 7 day passage of the three high passes. For those of you that are familiar with white water. It feels a little bit like we’ve done the scout and we’re on top of the rapid and our hearts are beating a little bit faster and we’re about to start riding the V wave and once you’re on the V wave you’ve got to pull it through and you just sort of make your plan and then run your plan and that is what we will do here. We had some porters and some of our climbing sherpas today go out and go to the foot of our first call and drop some rice and some kerosene to make tomorrow’s passage a little bit easier. We’ll move to the base camp before our first pass tomorrow and then up and over and it’s going to be exciting and as you can see even I’m still acclimating here to 5200. Tomorrow we will be at 5600 or 5700 and then we will go over the 6100 m pass.

Another 4 seasons in a day day. Gorgeous this morning here at the Swiss base camp resort and now it is snowing and quite chilly and it said that temperatures in the tent last night went to 20 degrees fahrenheit so I am guessing that is about -5, -6 degrees C and it is only going to get colder from here. Wanted to say a big happy birthday to Gill’s mom, Anne from all of us here on the great Himalayan trail. And I wanted to give you one little bit of learning bit today and that is the Nepali word tse which means peak and so as we go around the corner tomorrow we will see Baruntse which is the peak of Barun. You know that we’ve travelled along the Barun natti, today from our perch here on Swiss base camp we can see the Barun glacier, we’re travelling in Makalu Barun national park and then as we go around the corner we will see Baruntse which is 7 152 m and there are quite a few peaks of course none of which I can remember at the moment that also have tse in their name but yet another little word for us to practice. Marian is sitting here beside me in the tent under our lovely flat base sleeping bag and oh yes Island peak. For those of you out there that have heard of Island peak, its other name is Imjatse and also on the same ridge line with Everest and lhotse there is shartse and shartse two and farentse which I probably just didn’t say properly.

And the other highlights for me for today was this morning the sky was beautifully clear and on our walk we could see a beautiful view of Everest including the North East ridge and seeing it form this angle is wonderful to add to all the other angles I’ve seen it from. So happy find your fit Friday. TGIF for all of you. Know that for us we’re going to work big time this weekend. Lots of elevation gain, lots of cold temperature and elevation to adjust to, but we’ve got a strong team, we’re confident and looking forward to supporting each other in the big challenges coming up. So happy Friday. Talk to you tomorrow from Sherpani base camp. Take care. Bye!

Total Steps for TA: 6027 steps, 60 floors

Total Steps for Marian: 6 378 steps, 60 floors

Total Distance for TA:  4 km

Total Distance for Marian:  4 km

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It’s Find Your Fit Friday on the Great Big Walk Day 42: Swiss Base Camp (5150m)

Happy Find Your Fit Friday to ALL! TA is the ambassador for Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador's Find Your Fit Campaign. How You Found Your Fit this week?

Happy Find Your Fit Friday to ALL!
TA is the ambassador for Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador’s Find Your Fit Campaign.
Did you sneak it in this week?

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.

A Rest and Acclimatization Day
Swiss Base Camp is situated amongst the moraine in a sandy spot directly opposite the mighty West Pillar on Makalu. Very few campsites a this close to one of these 8000m giants. We have a full day set aside to rest and acclimatise and will aim to reach a vantage point above camp with a (weather permitting) great view of Everest and the fabled Kangshung Face.

Quote for the Day

Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.
Ed Viesturs

Did You Know?

Nepal is only slightly larger than the state of Arkansas.

Find Your Fit Fact

Walking has the highest compliance rate of any exercise.

To get people more physically active during the workday, ParticipACTION is promoting Sneak It In Week during the week of April 7th.

It’s easy to participate.  Wear sneakers to work.  Walk to lunch.  Park a few blocks away. Hit the pavement on your coffee break.  As long as your heart beats faster for 10 minutes, it really counts!  You’ll see how easy it can be to fit in more activity during your workday. So get active and sneak it in.  You’ll be rewarded with a longer, happier, more fulfilling life!  We invite you to participate in this fun and worthwhile initiative!  Tools and resources are available on their website.

Activity Suggestion: Ice Fall Ball

Objective: To get students to learn to move quickly and efficiently as a group.

Materials Needed: 1 tennis ball per group

In groups of 6-8 (depending on class size, try to have 2-3 groups)

-  Students begin lying on the floor in the plank position (hands and knees work fine) in a line, with the sides of their bodies facing the beginning and end of the general space

-  The goal is to be the first group to successfully cross the end line

-  On the teacher’s command, the person lying at the end closest to the finish line rolls the tennis ball under the rest of his/her group, then lies back down (plank position/ hands and knees), depending on skill level, it is possible to just get students to stand (picture below)

-  The person at the other end of the line will trap the tennis ball, then bring it to the end closest to the finish line.

-  Once there they must roll the ball under his/her group members, then lie down (plank position/hands and knees)

-  This repeats until the group has reached the end line.

* The ice fall is one of the most dangerous stages en route to summiting Mount Everest, it is critical that climbers get through this portion of the mountain as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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Great Big Walk Day 41: To Swiss Base Camp (5150m)

To Swiss Base Camp (5150m/5-6hrs)
The second half of trek to Swiss BC is tricky and involves boulder hopping as we follow the Barun Glacier directly beneath Makalu enormous west face. Swiss Base Camp is situated amongst the moraine in a sandy spot directly opposite the mighty West Pillar on Makalu. Very few campsites a this close to one of these 8000m giants.

Quote for the Day

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…
John Muir

Did You Know?

Kaligandaki is the river older than the Himalaya. Therefore, it acts as a major ecological dividing line of the whole eastern and western Himalaya

Find Your Fit Fact

Walking regularly can lower your risk of arthritis, macular degeneration, and even cancer by an astonishing 50% compared with people who don’t exercise.

To get people more physically active during the workday, ParticipACTION is promoting Sneak It In Week during the week of April 7th.

It’s easy to participate.  Wear sneakers to work.  Walk to lunch.  Park a few blocks away.  Hit the pavement on your coffee break.  As long as your heart beats faster for 10 minutes, it really counts!  You’ll see how easy it can be to fit in more activity during your workday.  So get active and sneak it in.  You’ll be rewarded with a longer, happier, more fulfilling life!  We invite you to participate in this fun and worthwhile initiative!  Tools and resources are available on their website.

Activity Suggestion: Zero Zero Clear

Equipment: None

“Zero” and “Clear” are two words that are commonly use for mountaineering and for expeditions. “Zero” means stop and “Clear” means go. Communication between members is extremely importation for the safety of each group member. This activity will help introduce group members to one another as well as practice their communication skills.

Split up class into as many groups as needed. Get students to sit in a circle on the floor and get one person to stand up. This ice breaker is similar to “Duck Duck Goose” in which one person will start tapping heads saying “Zero”. Once they say, “Clear” that person will get up and run the opposite way as the tagger. Once they met each other running they must stop and shake hands and say “Hello teammate how are you?” and then continue running to try and beat the other to the spot. Whoever arrivals last then will be the tagger.

 

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Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #41


Hey this is TA calling in from day 41. At an elevation of 5211 m at a location called Swiss base camp but it is so much more than that. Indeed we are camped across from Makalu and in reading something yesterday, we learned that Makalu means big black stony mountain. Which indeed is one description. The other is just big awesome rocky mountain. We can actually see where the Makalu teams from our new location will be heading around to set up their advanced base camps. We’re actually across the Barun glacier from them, from where they will make the turn. They have to go a little further and then they have to make a big right hook and we’re actually going to make a big hook behind us to go up to Shapani kol.

We spent the day walking on the work of glaciers. Glaciers as I talked about the other day are big rivers of ice that move downhill but they don’t normally move ice downhill, they move rock and when a glacier moves downhill it makes things called moraines and it pushes the rock, it is sort of a big bulldozers and it pushes down and it grinds up the rock and in some cases you can find sand and other cases the boulders it pushes those downhill. Some of the rocks get left off to the side and those are called lateral moraines and that is what we were walking on today and at some point if a glacier begins to stop proceeding and becomes receding ie. less snow is added to it and it starts moving backwards, you may have something called a terminal moraine which is a pile of rock left at the end.

We will head up to a camp when we leave here in two days or a day and a half from now and we will go to a glacial snout and the snout of the glacier, sometimes called snout and sometimes called tongue and it is where the front part of the ice is. So it’s pretty cool to be living amongst the moving peak bits of ice and seeing the amazing work they do. We here rock fall across the way from Makalu quite often. We’re safe from that. No problems with that but it is always amazing to watch gravity at work as well.

It was a great walk for me today. A tough walk for some folks in the acclimatizing and a few little GI things going wrong for some folks but we all got here safely and that is awesome. Marian had 11 322 steps and 104 floors and just about 8 km on fitbit. I had 12 508 steps, 113 floors, a little over 8 km and Cam had 12 845 steps, 8.5 km and when we add those all to our grand amazing total we’re celebrating that we’ve passed the 700,000 step mark so that is pretty fun and we’re 416 km or so. Rock hopping was the name of the game today. So moving and trying to flow from rock to rock. We had, sometimes that kind of rock work is also called talus. When rock are about the size of your fist they are called scree and when they get to be the size of big blocks or boulders they start to become talus or boulder fields and we definitely passed a few km of those. We got into camp and again we could call this the swiss base camp beach resort because we are camped on glacial sand once again. Conditions are cold comfy.

We had a delicious lunch and now we’re relaxing in our tents. It clouded over for a while and got kind of chilly and threatened to snow so we call it shake and bake. Windy and cold and snowy that is the shake part and when the wind slows down and the sun comes out it becomes the bake part. We used to be a joke that when you are moving and climbing and camping on glaciers it is like we’re corningware because depending on what the sun is it is like we’re either in the freezer section or we’re ready to be in the oven being baked and we go back and forth regularly between that. So that is our report from day 41. I hope you snuck it in because this is Thursday of sneak it in week. Everybody if you can go out for five minutes, if you can go out for 10 minutes, you put three 10 minute chunks together you’ve snuck it in and that is a great thing. For more information about sneak it in week, you can visit the participation Canada website or the recreation of of Newfoundland and Labrador website and remember if this is Thursday of sneak it in week then tomorrow is find your fit Friday. And a special hello to Mr. Patterson’s grade 5 class. Please let us know if you have any more questions. We love answering questions and from anybody actually. So that’s it from day 41. Catch you from tomorrow. Bye!

Total Steps for TA: 12 508 steps, 113 floors

Total Steps for Marian: 11 322 steps, 104 floors

Total Distance for TA: 8 km

Total Distance for Marian: 8km

Great Big Walk acknowledges the support of the Memorial University of Newfoundland Quick Start Fund for Public Engagement in making these updates from the field possible.

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Great Big Walk Day 40: Makalu Base Camp (4870m)

A Rest and Acclimatization Day
Makalu Base Camp affords stunning views of its south face, with the south buttress of Makalu offering views of Baruntse (7220m), Everest and Lhotse. The Hillary and French base camps are far up the glacier, past Barun Pokhari, and these are now the traditional base camps used by climbing parties to Makalu. At the 5250m mark there is an outstanding view of Everest, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar as well as both the south-east and north ridges of Everest, along with the Kangshung Face and the South Col. Makalu looms above the ridge to the north.

Quote for the Day

We never know the journey another person has walked, so be kind to everyone.
Lynette Mather

Did You Know?

Cows are sacred in Nepal and are not eaten. Because the animal is holy, all traffic yields way to the animal and it can quite often cause a traffic jam if it stops within a highway.

Find Your Fit Fact

Not only can a walk perk you up when you need it, but also it helps improve the quality of your sleep, so you’re more energetic all day long.

To get people more physically active during the workday, ParticipACTION is promoting Sneak It In Week during the week of April 7th.

It’s easy to participate.  Wear sneakers to work.  Walk to lunch.  Park a few blocks away.  Hit the pavement on your coffee break.  As long as your heart beats faster for 10 minutes, it really counts!  You’ll see how easy it can be to fit in more activity during your workday.  So get active and sneak it in.  You’ll be rewarded with a longer, happier, more fulfilling life!  We invite you to participate in this fun and worthwhile initiative!  Tools and resources are available on their website.

 

Activity Suggestion: Expedition Team Line Up

As you are making your way across a glacier, you and your expedition team are tied into a climbing rope so everyone can travel safety. For this ice breaker, we are going to form our expedition line by doing a simple task.

Pass out a card to each student in which they cannot show anyone else around them what card they have. The students must arrange themselves in numerical order as well as suit order i.e. all hearts, then diamonds, spades and then clubs along the climbing rope/line on the gym.

Rules:

  1. They have to use non verbal cues to organize themselves in order
  2. The cannot show their card to anyone

Note: To make it easier just give everyone a number or they first letter of their name. To make it harder get them to order themselves by birthdays.

 

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