Hey happy day 16 from the great big walk here in Ghunsa at an elevation of 3595 m above sea level. You can see that we’ve dropped another 600 m or so and I can even walk and talk and maybe even chew gum at the same time. We had a very nice walk down today. I had 20 712 steps, 68 floors so it was a little bit undulating. And a distance of 13.69 km. Marian had 20 312 steps, 58 floors, 14.1km. Camolina tried out a new pocket for her fitbit and had 19 557 steps and a distance of 13 km. So all in all its wonderful to be back in the thick air. We’ve had kind of a mini rest day because we had finished our walking portion by noon. We got to have pizza for lunch, mushroom pizza we jumped into that. Our appetites are definitely back on since we’re down here at 3500 or 3600m above sea level. We gave out a lot of prayers today as we had to cross through the landslide once again. When you undertake something like this, travelling in remote areas there is always going to be risks but our team was doing its best to manage the risk with spotters to watch for rocks coming down, radios on both sides of the landslides, keeping the group all together should something happen and having folks being able to help folks find the way across.
So everyone got across safely and we give many thanks for that. We actually learned that there was someone injured in that landslide area last week that required rescue so we’re very glad to be on this side of it. With our mini rest day we were reunited with some of the belongings we left here. We did some laundry and we’re preparing for our first pass crossing that will happen the day after tomorrow. We go over the nuangola. So we’re learning about going up and down and up and down and up and down. Reviewing all of the pictures from our Kanchenjunga base camp Nangola was pretty amazing, it was seriously gorgeous up there. Turns out I hadn’t recognized it that yesterday was a step record for the great big walk, 31 355 steps was a record, and was another pretty good sized number of steps today. We’ve actually, Marian and I have each broken 300 000 steps for the project so that walking is going well and we hope it’s going well for you as well.
I wanted to say happy ski strip to my good buddy Karen, and thanks for sharing your good news. Congratulations that is amazing. And I wanted to say hi to Cam’s mom and sister, glad to know we’ve made the top 5 for iPad updates in the morning. And that might be it for this sunny Sunday, it is delightful to be here, a privilege to be here and I don’t think there has ever been a day when I have been in Nepal where I haven’t been humbled by the strength, both the emotional strength and physical strength of its people and their generosity. So its a wonderful privilege to be here and I look forward to breaking new trail tomorrow for me and taking in the sights and sounds of every moment of every day of every step of the great big walk. Thanks and have a great Sunday.
Total Steps for TA: 20, 712 steps, 68 floors
Total Steps for Marian: 20 312 steps, 58 floors
Total Distance for TA: 13.69 km
Total Distance for Marian: 14.1 km
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.