Sean Burch pushing boundaries in Nepal; my mind is fried

Sean Burch pushing boundaries in Nepal; my mind is fried

Posted: Oct 07, 2010 07:52 am EDT

On day 46 of his crossing of Nepal on foot from border-to-border, he experiences his longest day.

"Today was longest in Himalaya so new goal has pushed me to extend boundaries of what I think Im capable ofthis is why Im here. " says Sean and adds: "Tonight going straight uphill to Simikotdizziness, flashbacks, tripping over self. This is here you truly learn who you are inside, what youre made of in the core. My hands are completely scarred, my body has been pulverized, my mind is friedlets see if I can grasp more out of meIll need it to get to the border within 49 days."

Drunk porters

Since we last heard from Sean when he was soaked by the heavy monsoon rains, he has run fast and closing in on his goal. He has had a very demanding run. He has also experienced technical problems, stomach disease, disagreements with his local team and drunk porters. Sean writes this:

"The cook and porter turned up this morning. Apparently they got slammed from drinking Roxy with a local from Bhimtang, and then the porter proceeded to start dropping supplies, equipment, etc on the way down the high valley. The one porter is being sent home immediately and the cook was reprimanded by the sidar. Down one more. Now, another porter is drastically ill, and looks to be headed home as well."

Repeat it, repeat it

Problems with porters is an almost daily issue. On day 33, he said of them:

"Yesterday, new porters all smiles, today one is limping, seriousness kicked in, welcome to the fold. #1 majority rule for porters - tell them something to do, you must - repeat it, repeat it, and then repeat again, everydaysometimes that doesnt work either. But damn, they can carry a load."

International coverage

High altitude, stomach disorder, dirty locals, porter problems, steep routes, landslides and feeling generally run down has taken its toll on Sean´s mind and general attitude to what he is doing. The one thing which makes him feel a bit better is the international media coverage of his run. He writes on day 44:

"Thanks to CNNI for the live video interview we did through USSecurenet. It will be shown on primetime internationally and state side evening/morning as well as online."

Closing in on his goal

The same day he also says about his running:

"As each day I get closer to the border I want to go faster, climb harder, run more miles. The goal has never been more clear in my mind. Stay focused, persevere, and everything within the adventure will work itself out. Every muscle in my legs are sore, overused, overcompensatedblock out the pain and let only the light get through."

The American who is well known for his super-fast ascents on high mountains has ran and climbed 10-15 hours a day since his start. He started his run/trek/climb on August 22, 2010. Will he make it to the end? He is very close now! Stay tuned!

Sean Burch is well known for his super-fast ascents on high mountains and is crossing Nepal on foot from border-to-border (India to Tibet) on the Great Himalaya Trail. He will be doing over 500,000 feet of climbing and running at altitudes over 20,000 ft. Sean plans to run and climb 10-15 hours a day to complete the trail in 60 days. He says the average time for doing this trail is 157 days.

He started his run/trek/climb on August 22, 2010.

The American lives the Washington D.C. area. His favorite foods are shashimi and venison. The last book he read is Tears in the Darkness - about the Bataan death march and his favorite movies are Spinal Tap and Best in Show.

Sean follows a Hyperfitness Living mental, physical, and nutritional program and has achieved the following:

- World Record: Fastest Winter Ascent of Mt. Fuji, Japan: 4:05:42
- World Record: 63 Summits of Unclimbed Peaks in 23 Days, Solo, Tibet
- Guinness World Record: Fastest Ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro: 5:28:48
- Guinness World Record: Fastest Time for Northern Most Marathon (First Marathon and wearing snowshoes)
- First Place: North Pole Marathon
- Mt. Everest (29,035ft): Summit, Solo, and almost completely without bottled oxygen
- Guinness World Record: Jump Rope at Altitude 26,181ft.
- USA Record Speed Ascent, Aconcagua (22,841ft.): Solo, Argentina, Highest Peak in Southern and Western Hemisphere
- First in World: 14 1st Ascents, 2 Solo 1st Ascents Previously Unmapped and Unexplored Mountain Areas within Arctic Circle in East Greenland
- Shishapangma (26,552ft.): Summit, 13th Highest Mountain in the World, Tibet, No Bottled Oxygen
- First in World: 3 1st Ascents, St. Elias Range, Alaska

Sean is a freelance writer, who wrote the highly received fitness/wellness book,
Hyperfitness, 12 Weeks to Conquering Your Inner Everest and Getting into the Best Shape of Your Life (click here) (Published by Penguin Group USA) and DVD video supplements. The book is also available at and other Internet bookstores.

He will be raising funds and awareness for the Nepal Trust Organization, and the Love Hope Strength foundation The non-profit Nepal Trust organizations current project works in Nepal are in primary healthcare, renewable energy, education, sustainable tourism and heritage preservation. The Love Hope Strength Foundation in the U.S. campaigns to save lives for those with cancer.

Another focus is his eagerness to bring attention to the very remote 'Hidden Himalaya' of Nepal, where Sean will be:
1) documenting historic and very famous Buddhist monasteries (many previously unseen by Westerners), and their cultural diversities; and
2) joining school children in the U.S. with children in makeshift schools in remote Himalayan villages.

Sean Burch is going to be the first to use the new CONTACT Augmented in addition to CONTACT5 to report during the 60 days on the Nepal trail.

#World #Trek

Well, I was right..woke up this morning at 5:30am crying at deaths door. Puked all last night, out both ends, while raining outside..oh, the fun never ceases
Images send over Contact 5
Image by Sean Burch courtesy Sean Burch, SOURCE
Leeches was one of the main problems. Images by Contact 5.
Image by Sean Burch courtesy Sean Burch, SOURCE
A day full of unexpected surprises and death-defying acts of trekking on the GHT? Nope, and Ill take it!
Images send over Contact 5
Image by Sean Burch courtesy Sean Burch, SOURCE
Self portrait at the top of the Thorong-La Pass...Images send over Contact 5
Image by Sean Burch courtesy Sean Burch, SOURCE