Hey this is TA calling in from Day 17 of the great big walk. All 5 of us are here making this podcast in our wonderful blue kitchen tent because it is snowing and it’s pretty chilly today here at this elevation of 4127 m. We had a great uphill walk of about 700m in about 4 hours. And today I thought of my friend Karen, my great buddy, who first introduced me to the John Denver song, some days are diamonds, some days are stone. Some days are mira some days are dunga in Nepali. So you have some great days and you have some rougher days and i think for a couple of us today this felt a little bit more like a dunga day like a stone day. But it is what we call in the mountains a work hardening day.
This is a day where we are earning our way across this beautiful magnificent country. We are on day 6 legs, it was definitely steep and we’ve had a change in the weather so these can be days that are a little mentally tougher. So stone days and for me anyway I get through them using ear worms as I call them, songs, so today it was the (inaudible) and some days a diamond. We have an awesome staff supporting us, they were often bringing all of our gear up that steep slope today. Cam was showing us that her stair stepper training was coming in handy today. She is a hill climbing ninja and we did our best just to ride in her wake and we pulled up in her tractor beam.
She and Mingma got us up to this karka and remember that a karka is a yak pasture. So I was having some fun with that today. It is where you park your yak and then its a yak parker, which also rhymes with karka and we walked beside the yangma samba khola today and a reminder that we love questions comments and ideas for updates that you would like to share. So if you would like to hear something in our lives, drop a comment here and our beautiful amazing comms team will text them in. And Hello to Rennie’s River Elementary school today. They’re our school of the day and we wanted to give them a big shout out.
Marian had 13 371 steps, 9.28 km and 274 floors. Did you catch that? 274 floors! I was 13 728 steps, 9 km and 271 floors and Cam came in 12 353 steps and 8.39 km just basically showing us that she glides up these hills. So thanks for tuning in and we will catch you hopefully from tomorrow over on the other side from the (inaudible). Hoping that this snow doesn’t have too much deep snow, so that we don’t have to work that hard but we’re going to actually work pretty hard tomorrow. Catch ya. Bye! Oh and by the way congrats Carly that is exciting. Thanks for reminding the home front and by the way I forgot to say that the peaks were amazing at Kanchenjunga base camp. Okay. Now really goodbye. Bye!
Total Steps for TA: 13 728 steps, 271 floors
Total Steps for Marian: 13 371 steps, 274 floors
Total Distance for TA: 9 km
Total Distance for Marian: 9.28 km
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