YES.....I SUPPORT A HUMAN SUPERMAN!
Bob has committed (or maybe he should be committed) to taking on a crazy feat of ultra/extreme running to raise awareness and funds for clean drinking water initiatives in Nepal – a significantly underdeveloped country where access to clean water is a serious concern. This is an issue that Bob has held close to his heart for the past couple of years. Bob first became aware of how access to clean drinking water was an issue for people in remote Nepalese villages when he visited Nepal with a group of students in 2013 to work on an irrigation canal system. A couple of years later, he returned to Nepal and gathered information to support his 2016 clean drinking water initiative where he, with the support of his own volunteer team, successfully spearheaded implementing a water filtration project for several families in the remote Nepalese village of Lahachowk.
In mid-April 2017, Bob will embark on what most of us would think is a super human epic adventure – a 1,800 kilometre run across the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. The event is called the GREAT HIMAL RACE and starts at Nepal’s eastern border (Kanchenjunga - or K3 - the world’s 3rd highest peak at 8,586m) and moves across the Himalayas toward Nepal’s western border with Tibet at the town of Hilsa. By the time the run ends in early June 2017, Bob will have been on the move for 45 consecutive days of running through extreme terrain and temperatures with a total of approximately (91,000 metres) 300,000 feet of elevation gain. This works out to an average of running a marathon (42 kms) per day.
In order to participate in this crazy event, Bob needs to be outfitted in a completely self-sustaining manner (food, tent, sleeping bag, clothing, medical supplies, etc) for the entire race. Our hope is that your donations will go a long way to helping Bob cover the considerable expenses that are associated with undertaking a challenge of this magnitude. Bob has identified what is needed to support this crazy, epic adventure and your generosity will, without question, enable Bob to ensure that he is well equipped and organized to “git ‘er done”. We, as his devoted group of supporters, are profoundly grateful for how your support ensures not only his personal safety but equally for the opportunity it creates to support meaningful change in the lives of Nepalese people by opening up access to clean drinking water.
More info about the event can be found at https://www.facebook.com/greathimalrace/
Bob and two of his support team (physiotherapist Sarah Ronhovde and her hubbie, Logan Ronhovde) depart Vancouver for Kathmandu, Nepal tomorrow morning.
Things have been crazy busy here for the past few weeks with Bob getting his pack finalized, prepping his 8 drop bags, and organizing, re-organizing, re-re-organizing his food, supplies, and gear.
I'm feeling excited with an underlying sense of trepidation as the time is at hand for Bob to actually tackle the physical, mental, and emotional challenges that this epic adventure will be throwing at him for the next 2+ months. We can't kid ourselves into thinking that there has been opportunity for him to adequately train for all of the different hurdles and concerns that he will experience over this extreme, bad-ass 1,800 km run.
Please send him your love across the universe to protect, motivate, and wrap him in caring. A dear friend chatted with me a couple of nights ago and reminded me that even though the Himalayas are considered to be remote, desolate, and unforgiving, they are, in fact, alive with the daily activity of Nepali people who have called that part of the world home for centuries. My friend reminded me that if Bob ran into trouble, he would be well cared for - despite any language or cultural differences - by these loving and compassionate people who know how to survive and thrive in those harsh conditions and with minimal resources. This was a timely and much needed reminder that went a long way to easing my sense of trepidation and worry.
With that said, THANK YOU, from the deepest places in our hearts, for your generosity and support. For anyone who wanted to make a contribution to his fundraising goals but haven't gotten around to doing it, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!!!
Thanks again! Please follow Pure Water Running on Facebook to see where Bob is in the mountains on a (hopefully) daily basis and read blog updates from everyone on his support team.
Bob is home after being away at work for two weeks. He was so excited when he got home because his special Mammut sleeping bag arrived while he was gone. It is part of the gear that he needs for his epic adventure run. It is super sleek and rated for -10°C. It is the warmest, lightest, and most compressable unit out there. He simply couldn't wait to try it out and actually slept in it on top of the bed sheets the first night he was home. Check him out.......
Thanks again, so very much for continuing to support Bob and remember, share, share, share his story on your own page to keep him moving closer to his goal!
So on Friday Jan the 6th, also my Dad’s 83rd birthday, Happy Birthday Dad !!!, I met with Mo from Aquaquest to look at some of their gear. I had spoken to him previously regarding the companies interest in supplying me with products they manufacture to support my run across Nepal.
First off, Mo was awesome, we talked for hours about gear and race specifics, looked at products that he thought might suit the demand of the event, and we also discussed the other products that I had already field tested.
It was at this point that the conversation shifted, from corporate supplier to athlete, to supportive human connection.
We delved into the global water / waste issues that we as humans have complicity allowed to occur.
We talked about Tantric Healers in Northern India, systemic oppression, ancient religions and the rise and fall of matriarchy societies.
We talked about childhood, our own and that of our children. The difficulties of living outside the box when making decisions and the alienation that follows the non participatory societal construct.
In essence our conversation had little to do with gear at all, it was two humans exploring the realm of possibilities. Possibilities where the most basic of human needs are met without question and where all humans have a safe place to be self expressive and unconditionally loved.
So what started out as a potentially aloof relationship between Company and runner evolved into a symbiosis of sorts, a lifting that sees one individual assist another with the tools required for a vision to come to fruition.
Thank you Mo, thank you Aquaquest, I look forward to to using / testing your gear and of course giving you feedback.
And Thank you for taking the time to have the conversation, for this is where all possibilities begin.
Oh and here’s a pic of the 40L Aquaquest waterproof backpack, more pics and reviews to follow
A season-relevant update for you all - season-relevant in that it involves snow. A few weeks ago, Bob tested yet another adventure race 'home' option - the Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 shelter which weighs a mere 1lb 14 oz. Here's what he had to say about it...(check out the pics to see how Mother Nature truly cooperated to take his testing trial run to a higher level).
"I couldn't believe that this shelter was actually in the bag it came in because it felt so light. Is was super easy to set up, maybe 3 minutes first time. really liked that the fly is attached to the inner tent. The vestibule was super handy for footwear and the fly worked incredibly well. We had 8" of snow last night. I didn't use a groundsheet or pad last night and all the interior stayed perfectly dry and cozy. Overall this tent has stage race written all over it, it's lightweight and easy set up make it an ideal choice for multi day quick travel. The interior was spacious considering the light weight and the venting seemed to work perfectly as well. If there is one thing that I would say that isn't quite ideal it would be that the pegs may not stand up for all conditions however they are thin and light."
PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT BOB AND SHARE THIS ON YOUR FB PAGE. BOB STILL HAS A FAIR DISTANCE TO GO (total pun intended) IF HE'S GOING TO REACH HIS FUNDRAISING GOAL. Thank you...thank you...thank you!