Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #33

Hey this is TA calling in from day 33 of the great big walk/ great big climb. We are located in a place called adventure camp at an elevation of 4040m and it was definitely an adventure getting here. About 6 hours of climbing. Mostly up snow. With lots of variable weather today. We started out in bright sun as usual and then we had some snow, and then we had some white out and then we had another blue sucker hole and so on and so forth. Its currently snowing now. We’re tucked nicely into our tents after some soup and some hot drink after our big day trying to rehydrate and re-energize, because we still have 3 more big days to culminate the end of section one over the next few days. We have a big pass to go over tomorrow so we’ve been looking at maps and reading gps’s and all kinds of stuff.

With today’s elevation gain which is almost 1200 meters. So 1200 meters is 3600 feet or so. So thats about 360 floors. A little different with the fitbit although its a little bit better today. Marian had 11 350 steps, 188 floors, almost 8 km. I had 11 696 steps, 186 floors and again nearly 8 km. Because of the snow storm Cam cant hear me call out to her tent so we don’t have her data yet. We broke 600 000 steps for the project today, so that is very exciting and 350 km and with today’s elevation gain, we’ve gained nearly 51 000 feet of elevation gained. So we’re definitely specializing in up and down. Bishop of Abraham thanks for the texts. Our feet not so much but our hips and knees are definitely getting sore from all the big downhill days. Thanks for walking around the gym with us the other day. Always thrilled to hear that.

Hello to my school of human kinetics and recreation colleagues at Memorial University of Newfoundland and thanks again for the Memorial University of Newfoundland office of engagement for making these live updates from the expedition possible. Thanks bro for the text. Glad to know things are going well and I think today’s lesson was something that comes out of my sea kayaking trips from with my buddy Karen. Sometimes we’d have a weather report coming in and we’d be worried about the sea building so we always just kept saying paddle the water in front of you. And I know for a couple of days I’ve been thinking about this big day of needing to gain about 1200 meters of elevation gain and sort of getting myself all worked up about it and what I said to myself today was you know walk the trail in front of you. Just keep taking each step, each step, each step and that is how we got up here. The first hour or so was a little bit rugged but then we had a snack. We continued to kick in nice steps for our portering staff at one point. They went ahead and they quickly sat down and said nope, you guys go ahead so that we can try to ease their passage as they come up to help us.

So we’re tucked in. We’re resting. Definitely starting to feel the fatigue of the six big days of moving. 3 more until we go in to our rest day and hoping for great weather tomorrow to go over adventure pass. That is it here today from the great big walk / great big climb. Hope you’re having a good one and go out there and have a great big walk yourselves. Thanks. Bye bye!

Total Steps for TA: 11 696 steps, 186 floors

Total Steps for Marian: 11 350 steps, 188 floors

Total Distance for TA: 8 km

Total Distance for Marian: 8 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.

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