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Perito Moreno Glacier Walking 4 Hours!

BIG ICE: 4 hours hiking tour on Glacier Perito Moreno (see the red circle in the map below)

Perito Moreno Walk

The Perito Moreno Glacier is a glacier located in the Los glaciers National Park in the south west of Santa Cruz province, Argentina; and is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentine Patagonia. It is one of only three Patagonian glaciers with 5 kilometers wide, with an average height of 74 meters (+-20 floors building) above the surface of the water of Lake Argentino (in Argentina) and a total ice depth of 170 meters (+-55 floors). It’s a 250 km2 ice formation and one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile…” ~ information extracted from Wikipedia.

During our 4D3N trip to Patagonia, lodging at nearby town, El Calafate (about +1 hour car drive from Glacier Perito Moreno), we joined a day trip BIG ICE which requiring us walking 4 hours on the glacier. Even though the tour will provide crampons to us, I was still a little concerned due to the physical requirements and my own condition. On the contrary, Loic was ready, very excited and eager about the walk.

The red circle in the map on the right is where we walked. The gradient was about +300m above sea level and the walk was intensive for the first 1 hour uphill, then the rest were flat and down hill. The tricky part was walking with the crampons; this required a bit techniques!

(Up hill – place feet like an open V, to avoid slide down; down hill – knee slightly bend, body leans backwards and step really hard into the ice, so the crampons will grab into the ice…)

This was an experience where I’d say my Mind Power Dictates Physical Strength; few times when I faced fear, fatigue and out of breath, my body signaled it would collapse soon if I don’t take a break. My mind kept on telling myself cannot stop now, just walk a bit more, just a step more and more…. and finally I completed the walk. Not to mention the recovery process straight after returning to the hotel… lots of pain on the knees and soreness on the legs …

Worth it? YES! TOTALLY!
First time seeing glacier and walking on it; it was absolutely amazing!! (see the below pictures)

Will I do it again? PERHAPS … (heard moon light walk is nice and romantic …)

Below photos were taken during the walk:

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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Weekly

 

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Mind Power dictates Physical Strength!(2012.W16)

Bucket Challenge: Mind Power dictates Physical Strength!
(Ending Sunday 20th May 2012 – Catch up post for W16)

Ever have the moments of facing fear, physical difficulties and fatigue, and you are so out of breath, your body starts to signal collapse and all you can think of is having a break?? And your mind is keeping on saying, “don’t stop, you cannot stop now, just walk a bit more, just a step more and almost there…”. Your hands, legs and body continue forward like an invincible robot, because your mind commands so; all of a sudden, you feel you are out of your body, this is not your body anymore…

This is the trans, the transition where your physical body is not controlled by you, but instead by your mind power. It’s like the mind has pre-set your body to achieve certain goals (in this case, to finish the 4 hours walk) and despite all the fatigue, out of breath experienced and in the head conversations, thoughts to quit and stop, the body just will not fret, because the body is programmed to ignore all any others, but to reach the goals (to finish the walk)!

” Mind Power is directing your thoughts toward a desired outcome. Put simply, what you focus on you attract. “ By J. Kehoe, Mind Power Basics.

The week is to challenge ourselves to explore and exercise our mind power. If you are not familiar about the ‘mind power’, google it and read up about it (which I have started searching while preparing this post and still learning and checking out). Just give it a try! If you are exercising mind power and have some stories to share, please share with us in the comment section. It’s an pretty abstract subject and it’s an experience you will truly know and accept only when you have experienced it yourself.

Are you ready to explore and exercise your mind power with us this week?

Challenge: Mind Power dictates Physical Strength!
Set a goal, challenge and go beyond what you think your physical ability can achieve.

Extra Challenge:

Goals:

Aware of your mind power, use and exercise your mind power!!
Time required: 1-hour, 1-night or 1-day
Energy level: Medium to High
Preparation: Brain storm on your physical limitation and prepare yourself to go beyond (ask others’ help if needed).

Take few minutes to enjoy the below video (music and graphics):

Some readings on Mind Power:

Mind Power

Subconscious Mind Power

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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Weekly

 

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2012 Week 4 – Confronting Your Fear!

Bucket Challenge: Fight Your Fear by Recognizing, Understanding and Accepting it
(Ending Sunday 29th January 2012)

This week’s challenge is quite self-explanatory with the title: confronting your fear. This is going to be a hard and courage required challenge, but no excuse, we can and will do it.

We all have fear about something and it’s perfectly normal. What is destructive is when we avoid our own fear or the fearful situations that we might or are facing. Very unfortunate, by avoiding it won’t solve the problems, even worse, often let the problems grow bigger.

Due to fear, we might see problems or situations bigger or worse than it is; due to fear, we might avoid facing up to the problems or situations by spending too much time thinking, analyzing and talking about them, instead of confronting them with direct actions. There is no easier or other way than actually fight our fear by just simply RECOGNIZING, UNDERSTANDING and ACCEPTING it. It takes considerate amount of courage to face our own fear, hence our own weaknesses. So let’s just be bold and step up to what we are afraid of and take actions!

List out the problems or current situations that you are fearful of or things you have been trying to avoid instead of to solve. Choose one for this week’s challenge!

It might give you determination or challenging spirit, if you put yourself in a position where you cannot back out, i.e. declaring your fear and action plan to a friend or even share on our comment box below! We are all here to support each other!:)

Challenge: Face your fear directly, understand and accept it. Carry out action plan to Manage and Reduce Your Fear!
Easy to think and talk about fear; less to do about fear. There is no perfect moment for confronting own fear other than NOW. It is NOW or NEVER!

Extra Challenge:

Share your confronting experience with a friend or in our comment box below.

Goals:

To understand ourselves better! Gain confidence.
Time required: Variable
Energy level: High
Preparation: A place where you feel emotionally secured



 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Weekly

 

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