Hey this is TA calling in from Day 22 of the great big walk, which I think today should actually rightly be called the great big climb. We’ve had a big day here on the great big walk climb. We had snow continue to fall all night so by the time morning came around, there was at least a foot, 30 cm maybe a foot and a half of snow on the ground and the crew made the decision that we were going to try move up here to pass camp so it was a big day for everybody. For our trekkers, for the porter, for the folks breaking trail. In fact I think today’s heroes are Lakpa who broke trail a ton of the way who appears to be part (inaudible). Mingma who appears to be part yak, who broke trail and then took over a load for someone who wasn’t feeling well. Chandra who appears to be part snow leopard who can cook up in the storm and also broke trail much of the way and for our trip leader Judah who appears to be part rope because he holds the entire team together. As well as everyone, everyone who carried the load today for us was indeed a hero on today’s epic day.
March was definitely in like a lamb for us and out like a lion. The weather pattern definitely has changed. We were having clear mornings and maybe a little snow in the afternoons. Not sure how long this is going to stay with us but at the moment we are having near constant snow. And it was definitely a type two fun kind of a day. My friend is talking about type two fun, that is the kind of fun that is fun when you’re done. So actually I quite enjoyed today’s climb. We took it at a very steady rhythm, fueled your natural breathing and your stepping. We did have some pretty good steep stuff that was near on mountaineering and we did make it here to pass camp at an elevation of 4545 m for all you odometer fans out there. Marian did 13 172 steps and 89 floors. The floor thing seems a little light for us. Tyler, thanks for checking out that it is 10 feet according to the fitbit site. So that would only be 890 feet when in fact we know we came up 500 m over about 9.5 km. And I had 12 481 steps, 87 floors and 8.25 km. Because of the snow we were dressed in different outfits today so fit bits where in different locations so maybe that affected out numbers. (inaudible)
You all are on the home stretch. We definitely thought about you because sweat is evil and both Marian and I worked very hard today not to sweat. Which was a challenge give how steep uphill we were going. It was about a 6 hour climb and it was snowing so it was very easy to get wet but when we finally crawled into our tent here we actually had discovered that we’d done a good job. So hopefully haven’t been doing any of the evil deed but hello to you as you enter I think almost your last week of school. And thank Heather and your grade 4’s for walking around the gym with us the other day. It is great to hear that you joined us on the great big walk. That elevates our spirits and (inaudible). We have another huge day (inaudible). Going up and over the samba lamba (inaudible). Almost half as much oxygen to my brain as at sea level. (inaudible)
I think I had better stop now while I’m ahead. Thanks again to our great folks who helped us get here and thanks to you for listening in, we love having you along. Take good care. Bye!
Total Steps for TA: 12 481 steps, 87 floors
Total Steps for Marian: 13 172 steps, 89 floors
Total Distance for TA: 8.25 km
Total Distance for Marian: 9.5 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.