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The importance of going slowly
Over the last few days we have been making our gradual way up from the road end at around 4300m to our main Base Camp - and home for the next 4 weeks - at 5650m. Before coming on the trip I was really worried that I would not be able to "keep up" with the boys on the trip. Wow was I wrong about what is involved in climbing at altitude! It turns out that the slower the better. We have been learning to walk incredibly slowly and are even 'told off' by our guides if we try and walk too fast. Arriving here at Base Camp means that everything is an effort. Even walking to the toilet tent is a huge effort. The key is to keep breathing and pause often. Everything is in slow motion.
My thoughts are with those dealing with the quake damage in Christchurch and the flooding in the Manawatu. It has been VERY encouraging to hear from everyone and especially as it feels like I am a very long way from you all. The communications isolation creates another challenge altogether, and waiting to be in a position to get news from everyone and to know what is going on, creates a great sense of anticipation.
Our batteries are very low so I need to finish now. I am well and acclimatising well. Tomorrow is a rest day and then we head up to camp one for our first big day on the mountain. All going well I will be in touch sooon.
I would love to hear form you, and to learn about what you think of the challenges I am facing and how they inspire you to take on your big hairy goals.
Wishing you a life of adventure and inspiration.
Posted by Sarah Wilson on 9th September, 2010 | Comments
Tags: Adventure, Altitude, Cho Oyu, Fear
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