Hey this is TA calling in from day 51 of the great big walk. I’m doing this by headlamp so its a little bit dark and my writing is a little bit small. We are in Gokyo at an elevation of about 4800 m and we’ve had a very big and full and rich day and we crossed the chola pass about 5300 m and saw some amazing views from there and then we had to come down, down, down, down, down and then the coolest thing is we had to cross probably the biggest glacier in Nepal and unfortunately because it is dark and late I forget it’s name. It was covered in different kinds of silt and rock and we saw some of the ice kicking out and that was cool.
Happy Easter everyone, the easter bunny didn’t quite find us yet but we did find the 500 km mark for the great big walk and we’ve crossed another half map and big day for steps. Marian had 23 771, 146 floors, 16.5 km. I had 24 175, 170 feet, 16 km and Cam was our big winner today with 27 363 steps, with 18 km. It is cool to be able to be here in Gokyo, I’ve heard about it for years. Tomorrow, 4 of us, Bill, Cam, Marian and myself are going to get up decently early and give up a rest day to climb Gokyo to see the famous view from there and hope to see cho oyu and everest and several other big peaks that I will tell you about tomorrow and yeah, it was a much better day today for me. Nausea has passed, legs are still a little bit pooped, so it will be interesting to see how tomorrow goes and that is I think day 13 and it may be day 17 or 18 before we actually get a rest but that is alright. The walking is going great, its pretty cool.
We did see some animal tracks today. We maybe they were snow leopard again and a fair amount of folks coming both directions on the chola and you can definitely tell we’ve been out walking and decently acclimatized. You can here me coughing a bit, about half the team has the khumbu cough and it comes about from breathing the dry air up here at 4800 m where we are and above the air is quite cold and dry so it irritates your air passages so you can be coughing during the day and coughing during the night. I fortunately have only sort of get irritated a little bit during the day but I can get sort of down during the night and sometimes its just as you try to talk you get coughing a bit. So that is it from here. Day 51 from the great big walk. Hope you all had, see if you recognize and celebrate easter, hope you had a great easter with friends and family and maybe even went for a walk after that big meal you shared if you shared a big one. So that’s it from now and I promise a more coherent update tomorrow.
Total Steps for TA: 24 175, 170 floors
Total Steps for Marian: 23 771, 146 floors
Total Distance for TA: 16 km
Total Distance for Marian: 16.5 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.