Great Big Walk Day 45: Cross West Col (5400m)

Cross West Col After our crossings are completed we descend into the Honku valley nearby five large glacial lakes which sprawl out before us. They are known as Panch Pokhari (five lakes).

Quote for the Day What it is…is a place where I can return to myself. It’s enough of a scramble to get to…that the energy expended is significant, and it translates into a change in my body chemistry and my psychological chemistry and my heart chemistry…                 ― Jay Salter

Did You Know? Everest in the Nepali language is Sagarmatha which means goddess of the sky and it stands at a staggering 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level.

Find Your Fit Fact Walking is good for your bones. Research shows that postmenopausal women who walk approximately one mile each day have higher whole-body bone density than women who walk shorter distances, and walking is also effective in slowing the rate of bone loss from the legs.

Activity Suggestion: Sherpa Says

Objective: To get the students active and get students used to listening to commands.

Materials: None

Activity Description: On Mount Everest, Sherpas are critical to the success of most every expedition, therefore, listening to your Sherpa is very important. Students are to scatter around the general area but close enough that they can hear the directions from the “Sherpa.”  When “Sherpa Says” a command the students must do the action. For example, “Sherpa Says: Run around the general space”. However, to test the attention of your students, you may frame a question without the “Sherpa Says” framing to see who does the action. The object of the game is only move when the Sherpa says the command.

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