Hey this is TA calling in from day 57 of the great big walk. We are camped here at around 5400m. About 250m below the Apashi Labsa pass which we hope to cross tomorrow. We had a big climbing day, probably our biggest elevation gain day of the entire great big walk. The fitbit registered around 300 floors but when we do the GPS measurements it actually comes out to 369 floors. Over 1100m of elevation gained so we are definitely earning our supper tonight.
It was a good climb, I actually thought it was one of my best since Dingboche. We had varied weather conditions today. Sometimes sunny, sometimes windy, sometimes some snow. The weather did clear a little bit when we first got here so we could see at least some portion of the pass. Lhakpa says we’ve got about 2.5 more hours of climbing to get to the pass tomorrow and if we actually indeed, if the weather allows us to cross the pass tomorrow, this will be our last high camp of the great big walk. We will be camped on the glacier around 5000 m tomorrow so we’ve got a little bit of a climb and then a big drop.
Wanted to send out a great happy birthday greeting to Marian’s brother Hans and just so you know Hans in Nepali Hans means duck. So happy birthday ducky and hope you had fun celebrating.
In terms of our steps, Marian had 17 161, 299 by fitbit, 369 floors by GPS measurements, about 12 km. I had 17 223, again 298 floors, 369 by measurement and almost 12km and Cam was the big step winner today with 18 451, and a little over 12 km on her fitbit.
We have a new milestone to celebrate today in terms of the great big walk in number steps. We’ve passed the 900 000 mark and indeed just shy of 910 000 steps. So we’re getting closer to that elusive goal of ours and the kilometers look like they are coming in well as well. So give us some great thoughts and prayers for tomorrow in our pass crossing and hope you had a great Saturday and hope you got out for a great big walk yourself. Take care! Bye bye!
Total Steps for TA: 17 223 steps, 298 floors
Total Steps for Marian: 17 161 steps, 299 floors
Total Distance for TA: 12 km
Total Distance for Marian: 12 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.