Hey this is TA calling in from day 38 of the great big walk. We are still here in Yangmali kharka at an elevation of 4400 m. It was a rest and acclimatization day and for the 4 of us that spent the last 36 days or so walking here it was rest. Glorious rest along with a little bit of laundry some electronics charging. We did have some sun for a few hours. We also did some technical gear prep and some knot practice. So we’ve had a rich and full day doing that. Its also world physical activity day and also the begining of sneak it in week in Canada. So the idea is hopefully, people around the world today are thinking about being physically active and the benefits that come and sneak it in week is encouraging people to sneak in physical activity here and there and the kind of irony of it of course is that today for us was a very well deserved rest day.
So Marian managed all of 1390 steps, and 3 floors, and about a km. I managed about 1496 and again about the same with a km. 3 floors for Marian, 5 floors for me. Cam was the big winner because she put her laundry far away to dry. She had 3799 steps and 2.5 km. So this is definitely one those days where we say do as we say not as we do. So please get out there. Celebrate world physical activity day and for the next week try to sneak it in. Get a walk in here and a walk in there.
I was pleased to learn an interesting fact about Yangmali kharka today and that the little tea house that is run here sometimes, used to be, maybe still is, he’s not here at the moment but run by Tasang Wanksta Sherpa and what is interesting about him is that he is the father of Lahkpa Sherpa and some of you may remember that name. Lahkpa is the woman with the most number of Everest summits. She summited 6 times. She first summited in the year 2000. Her sister Mingkipa is actually the youngest woman to have summited Everest and also their brother, Mingma, has summited as well. So they have got 3 Everest summiteers in their family and Lakhpa Sherpa always looked up to the first Nepali woman to summit Everest, who was the only Nepali woman to summit before Lahkpa and her name is Tasang Lamu and when you drive to the airport in Kathmandu, you see her statue. She is considered one of Nepal’s 15 national heroes and she even has a peak that they renamed after her. She summited Mount Everest on April 23rd 1993 and unfortunately tragically died on descent. It was actually her 4th attempt on Mount Everest but she was considered one of the barrier breaking women in Nepali history.
So interesting to be here in Yangmali kharka were Lakhpa and Mingkipa would’ve spent quite a bit of time and we will hopefully follow in their footsteps in the next few days in terms of we will be heading up to Makalu base camp tomorrow to make another jump in elevation and then have another rest, technical and acclimatization day. So after moving a bunch over the last 10 days we are going to be moving a little less but gaining lots of elevation next to the (inaudible). So I hope you have a very excellent, amazing, physically active, world physical activity day and I hope this week you can sneak it in and we will be joining you tomorrow now that we’ve caught up on our rest as well. Thanks and have a great day. Signing off from the great big walk and we will catch you from tomorrow. Bye bye!
Total Steps for TA: 1496 steps, 5 floors
Total Steps for Marian: 1390 steps, 3 floors
Total Distance for TA: 1 km
Total Distance for Marian: 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.