Hey guys, I’m new to this. The first of many posts in the hope to gain an audience. I will start by explaining who I am, and what I will be attempting for War Child in 2011. I’m a regular guy, My name is Adam, I’m 24, live in Melbourne and am studying to become a police officer. Next year on August 5th I will set off for the challenge of a lifetime. Running 960km at an average altitude of 400m above sea level in 22 days through the Himalayan mountains. I will be traveling the Friendship highway from Lhasa,Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal. This will set a new world record, raising awareness and funds in support of War Child Australia.
The route goes from Lhasa (3660m) I’ll make my way over two passes, one called Khamba La at 4794m, and the 2nd, Karo La at 5054m. I plan on pushing over both these as quickly as possible being able to rest a further 261km along the route in Gyantse at 3950m. This should be much better for sleep as at high altitude without oxygen when you sleep it is known for some to choke uncontrollably. 90km after that I plan on passing through Shigatse at 3900m Tibet’s second largest city again catching up on some rest and refuelling for the long slog ahead. I will then come across another pass called Gyamtso at 5220m. 244km after Shigatse I will pass through Shegar. The most difficult of the challenge will be the next 181km after Shegar where I will again go over two passes Lalung la pass at 5124m and shung la pass at 5200m. After travelling the 181km I will find myself reaching Zhangmu at 2300m. It is then another 123km to Kathmandu (1400m) where i will hope to finish the challenge at most likely the monkey temple a well known landmark.
Adding to the difficulty of juggling the terrain, temperature changes, and altitude I will also be attempting this with little or no support carrying a minimum of 15kg worth of equipment, barefooted and with very little knowledge of Tibetan or the nepalese language. I hope that there are many others out there with as a much passion as me,to get on board and help support War Child.
To make your support count go to everydayhero and sign up to sponsor me, Adam Justin, barefoot runner.