Photographer's Note

Another picture of the Road Builders of Ladakh.

Whereas the earlier one “Roadbuilders of Keylong” was still in alpine terrain here we are in the “cold desert” at an altitude of 5000 mtrs plus!

The oxygen starvation is so acute that to wheel a single wheel barrow 4 men are required ! Ofcourse the tray filled with bitumen being balanced on top of the weel barrow is heavy but essentially they are wheeling it downhill and still the effort is killing.

The equipment is better….snow boots and gloves!

Towards the evening the temperatures fall so low that the skin of the hand can stick to the cold iron handles of the wheelbarrow …hence the gloves.
During the day the gloves stave off the heat generated from that tray full of molten tar!

The daily lives of a "few good men".

Probably my last post till the end of October…..

I have a rally to organize and this is a tribute to the “Roadbuilders of Ladakh” who make my dream of running Indias most grueling rally - The "Raid de Himalaya" a reality…..for 6 years in a row now!

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Additional Photos by Vijay Parmar (ttmountainman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 24 N: 662] (2279)
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