Great Big Walk Day 65: Bigu Gompa (2516m)

Bigu Gompa (2516m)
Bigu Gompa is the exit point for our Rolwaling GHT stage. Bigu is a Sherpa village, and Bigu Gompa is a nunnery dedicated to Avalokiteshwara, the all seeing, all knowing remover of obstacles.

Quote for the Day

Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.
Cindy Ross

Did You Know?

Musk deer, wild yak, red panda, snow leopard and Himalayan black bears inhabit lower altitudes of Mount Everest.

Find Your Fit Facts Finale

Regular physical activity is essential to staying healthy. The benefits are many.

Physical activity:

    • Helps maintain and increase muscle strength, improving balance, overall co-ordination, reaction time and flexibility. Some physical activities even improve mental concentration.
    • Prevents muscle decay. Inactive people lose muscle fibre at a rate of 3% to 5% every decade after age 30. This amounts to a loss of 30% of muscle fibre by age 60.
    • Increases tolerance to stress, improves mood and reduces the risk of depression and anxiety.
    • Improves self-esteem and self-confidence and may even contribute to widening one’s social circle.
    • Increases resistance to diseases by bolstering the immune system.
    • Reduces the incidence of illnesses such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.
    • Research suggests that regular physical activity may reduce the risk of colon cancer by as much as 50% and may also considerably reduce the risk of breast cancer.
    • Combined with healthy nutrition, regular physical activity is one of the simplest and most efficient ways to maintain a healthy weight.
    • Relieves symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and may reduce the need for medication.
    • Helps control hypertension, high blood cholesterol and diabetes.
    • Reduces the risk of accidental injury and shortens the recovery period from accident and illness.
    • Finally, physical activity increases longevity and improves quality of life overall.

Activity Suggestion: Ultimate Frisbee (from the Find Your Fit website)

Large Field
pylons (used as goal lines)
Ultimate is played between two teams of seven players on a large rectangular pitch. A line drawn across the pitch at either end creates two “endzones” (like in Football). These are the goal-scoring areas. A goal is scored when a team completes a pass to a player standing (or more likely running) in the endzone they are attacking.

Players cannot run with the disc. When you get the disc you must come to a stop and try to throw it to another player. By passing from player to player, the offence attempts to work the disc up the pitch towards the endzone they are attacking. If the disc hits the ground or is intercepted or knocked down by the other team, then the opposition takes possession (a change of possession is called a “turnover”). Possession also changes if a receiver is outside the playing area when he or she catches it.

The defending team attempts to stop the team with the disc from making progress up field. The theory is that the offense won’t want to pass to a player who is being marked closely, as it’s likely to result in an interception. So it boils down to the offense players trying to get free of their markers to receive a pass, while the defense makes every effort to stay with them in the hope of forcing a turnover.

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1 Response to Great Big Walk Day 65: Bigu Gompa (2516m)

  1. Trudy Veitch says:

    Great points on physical activity. I’ve been struggling with becoming motivated to go outside and move… this helped tremendously.

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