Peaks and Passes Day 21: May 5

Expedition Itinerary Plan for Day 21:
An early start for the ascent of Island Peak at 6187m./20,299ft. After taking in the spectacular 360 panorama from the summit we descend to our base camp.

Fun Fact of the Day


There is less oxygen as you go up towards the top of Mount Everest.  Oxygen levels at the top are 30% less than at the bottom.

Today’s Activity: Ice Fall Ball

Purpose: 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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2 Responses to Peaks and Passes Day 21: May 5

  1. Mr. D's Class says:

    Hi TA,
    My Grade 4 students were really disappointed when they realized you made the decision to turn back. They knew the amount of prep and time you put into this attempt and, therefore, knew it was a hard decision to make. They were, and are still, cheering for. We even have a link to your website on our class webpage, so we could follow you from home. We could tell that you were not feeling like yourself self the before you made your decision and are glad you are feeling better now. This was a great experience our class and it really enriched our Social Studies Program. Thank You for sharing your trip with us. My class was really excited that you were able to say hello to them all the way from Mt. Everest.
    Take Care,
    Mr. D’s Grade 4 Class
    Rennie’s River Elementary

    • TA Loeffler says:

      Thanks for all the well wishes. It was a tough decision but the right one. We got home last night and are settling back in and I hope to share more photos soon.


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