Great Big Walk Day 13: To Lhonak (4780m)

To Lhonak (4780m)
Today will be another challenging day and an early start is needed. We climb lateral moraine for an hour before reaching a landslide section with large boulders which we must pass through at a steady pace. The trail then climbs steeply to the top of a section of lateral moraine and then eases off before arriving in Lhonak.  We will walk for seven hours today.

Quote for the Day

Perhaps walking is best imagined as an ‘indicator species,’ to use an ecologist’s term. An indicator species signifies the health of an ecosystem, and its endangerment or diminishment can be an early warning sign of systemic trouble. Walking is an indicator species for various kinds of freedom and pleasures: free time, free and alluring space, and unhindered bodies.
Rebecca Solnit

Did You Know?

Nepal has the highest lake in the world at a height of 4800 meters.

Find Your Fit Fact

You should also avoid looking down as you are walking. Sometimes this can be difficult in areas where there is heavy snowfall or tricky terrain.  Good posture is important so as to avoid getting a sore back.

Activity Suggestion: Mountain Climbers

Objective: This is a fun activity that will integrate math as well as demonstrate the thrill and excitement of successfully climbing a mountain.  This is great for larger classes but can also be done with small class sizes. In this activity students will get a understanding of how hard it is to “climb a mountain”, and also the joy that comes along with summitting a mountain.  This game can use a variety of locomotion skills, combined with math skills, which makes it a great activity to use in PE class.

Materials needed:

  • 15 hoops
  • 15 dice
  • 6 cones
  • 8 hurdles

Activity Description:

Setup for this activity will probably take a few minutes so it would be better to set up prior to class.  Start by placing the 15 hoops, of 5 different colors in a mountain/pyramid shape (i.e. 5 in the first row, then 4, then 3 and so on) in the middle of the gym.  In each hoop place 2 dice.  Place four cones on the four corners of the gym and two at the base of the mountain to signify the starting point.  Place the eight hurdles, four on each long side of the gym.

To start, have the students make two lines in front of each of the bottom 5 hoops.  The first two students from each line will move into the hoops to start.  One student will roll the two dices and add their product, and the other student will do the same.  Whichever student rolls the higher product gets to move to the second set of hoops as he or she climbs the mountain and waits to be joined by another student.  The student who rolls the lesser product, will have to do a full lap around the gym, hopping over the obstacles (hurdles).  Once they do a lap around the gym, they will join a line and wait to “climb the mountain” again.  The game continues this way until two players finally reach the peak of the mountain with only one winning and successfully completing the mountain.

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