Walking through the Himalayas sometimes feels like a step back in time. You see people working as families in fields – ploughing the ground in the traditional way with yaks so they can grow vegetables and fruit – not to be used commercially but to feed their own communities and passing trekkers like myself.

Others build Lodges literally from the ground upwards by digging a plot and removing the stones from the ground to re shape into blocks which then form the walls.

The tools are adapted from trees and rocks to help building and farming. These people are incredibly resourceful – if the world collapses through a Trump approach then its people like the Nepalese who will survive.

I watched a man sat in a field today shaping wire into great square boxes that are then filled with rocks and used to strengthen the track or sides of steep areas. Rocks contained in wire to displace the weight and add stability in any weather.

This man sat and wound the wire like cotton into small circles that were then linked to form the metre square containers.

Author: Mark Wood

An established polar explorer and adventurer who operates within the extremes of our planet. His next expedition to Mount Everest will involve students from around the globe - this journal was set up to link directly with the teachers, students and the scouts who are involved in the journey.

One thought on “Resourceful”

  1. Hard work, wow! Just saw the same thing yesterday, wire holding back rocks along side of the roads, on the pass, in the Rocky Mountains, USA.


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