Great Big Walk Day 44: Cross Sherpani Col (6180m) to Baruntse High Camp (West Col 6100m)

Cross Sherpani Col (6180m) to Baruntse High Camp (West Col @ 6100m)
If conditions are favourable and the group are moving at a good pace we may attempt to make the crossing of both Cols in a day, but in all likelihood we’ll be camping at Baruntse C1 on the West Col @ 6100m on the first night and descending the Col to the Honku valley the next day. Although these are the most demanding days of our trip, we are deep in the Himalaya and the massive scale of the mountains around us are an awesome sight to behold. There will be sections of roped up travel and rappelling.  It will take 10-12 hours to make this traverse.

Quote for the Day

But it’s all still there in my heart and soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure—they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days to come, like a treasure found and then, voluntarily, surrendered. Returned to the mountains with my blessing. It leaves a golden glowing on the mind.
Edward Abbey

Did You Know?

Most climbers attempt Mount Everest during April and May.

Find Your Fit Fact

Walking is good for your brain. In a study on walking and cognitive function, researchers found that women who walked the equivalent of an easy pace at least 1.5 hours per week had significantly better cognitive function and less cognitive decline than women who walked less than 40 minutes per week.

Activity Suggestion: Frost Bite Tag

Outcome: Students learn about the dangers of frost bite.

Setup: Clear gym floor with specific boundaries.

Rules and procedures: Prior to the start of the game, explain the signs and symptoms of frost bite and the dangers that can ensue. Explain that frost bite can result in loss of fingers or toes. Frost bite is a serious matter so during the game, students want to avoid frost bite at all times.

Pick 2 or 3 students to be taggers. Everyone else must avoid being tagged. If a student gets tagged they become a tagger and must hold the area of their body that was tagged. This area is frostbitten. The game continues until every student is tagged. Students must remain inside the basketball court boundaries.

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