Hey this is TA calling in from Day 54 of the great big walk. We are here at a fun elevation 4210. Same as my winter class, for some 210 m above sea level. At a village called Maralung. We’ve had a great day here. The weather was spectacular for the crossing of the Renjo La. We headed out from our Everest view camp, they called it yesterday. Within about an hour and a half we reached the pass. The top of Everest was a little bit clouded in but we enjoyed one last view before we started dropping in the far side. The far side was amazing. I am not sure when or how the staircase was built but there is a big square stone case leading down from the Renjo La on that side. Absolutely phenomenal amount of labour. This was a pass and maybe still is on occasion where you have to go over, so definitely on the side that we crossed to, that side seems much more conducive to that than the side that we crossed from.
That was our fifth pass in 12 days and for those of us that went up Gokyo ri that means we had 5 passes and one peak in 12 days and we spent, when we get to Tame tomorrow it will mark the 20 day mark above 3800 meters. I had 22 500 steps today, 84 floors, 15 km. Marian had 21 154 steps, 74 floors, 14.68 km and Cam had 20 942 and 14 km. So we will call today 15 km which is a nice little boost to our total and things are looking good that we will be set up to meet our goals for the great big walk.
We are staying in the yard of a very lovely lodge and we met Mingma here and you will remember in a previous podcast or previous update I talked about Sherpa’s naming traditions and Mingma’s are born on Tuesday and so Mingma is actually a grade 4 student who lives in a village called Tamo when school is in season and she walks to Namche which is where our section 2 folks will be heading to after they leave us and that is a distance of 4km so she walks 8km a day to go to and from school. So she’s getting in her great big walk for sure and her English is excellent and looking around the lodge here, her families lodge, they definitely have a strong connection to the climbing industry here in Nepal and someone in her family, I am not sure if it is her father or her Uncle has summited Everest 8 times and so I will be checking out more of those photographs during supper time. There is also quite a fun little treat in our yard and that is we’re sharing the space with some cows and one cow in particular has a very fresh calf and that calf is very fond of our tent line. So chewing and sucking on those when it is not having a snack from its mom and I actually convinced it to actually suck a little bit on my fingers so that was the highlight of my day, getting to a have an up close and personal with a very fresh calf.
So that is all there is to report here from day 54 of the great big walk and hope that you’ve found it today to go out of a walk and we will catch you tomorrow from Tame and the official end of section 2. Take care! Thanks! Bye!
Total Steps for TA: 22 500 steps, 84 floors
Total Steps for Marian: 21 154 steps, 74 floors
Total Distance for TA: 15 km
Total Distance for Marian: 14.68 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.