Peak Mountaineering’s Blog: Stok Kangri 2015 Expedition in numbers

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Whether it was Hannibal and his many elephants crossing the Alps or Ueli Steck’s sub three-hour ascent of the Eiger North Face, all great adventure success stories are really nothing to do with personal toil or breaking down psychological and physical barriers in the face of adversity. They are all, just like the success of the 2015 Trek & Mountain Stok Kangri expedition, really just about generating interesting statistics.

So, revealed for the first time and after days of number crunching and analysing gigabytes of crucial data at Peak HQ, is the numerical low down on one of climbing histories most acclaimed ascents and, indeed, the ‘conquest’ of one of mountaineering longest sought after prizes…

 2015 Stok Kangri Expedition Statistics

Team distance travelled to and from India in miles – 54,000

Combined age of team members in years – 492

Total number of metres climbed by team in metres – 102,000

Number of times Paul said we need a group photo – 84

Number of Love Bite sweets eaten on summit day –  312

Omelettes consumed by team – 198

Most omelettes eaten in one meal – 17

Number of times a team member vomited in one hour – 6

Total number of team members who vomited – 1

Vehicle punctures – 1

Number of team hours spent in tents – 716

Number of rupees injected into Indian economy – 220,000

Lowe Alpine luggage items used – 20

Number of ‘discussions’ had with airport staff – 42

Number of ‘discussions’ won with airport staff – 0

Distance travelled by team in India – 91,000

Swear words used during Tuk Tuk journeys by team – 79

Number of swear words used during Tuk Tuk journeys by team member Big G – 79

Starbucks visited – 1

Costa Coffees visited – 4

Number of blisters suffered by all the team – 1

Kingfisher beers consumed – 178

Long drop toilets visited – 8

Conversations had about Rab clothing – 129

Glacier crossings – 2

Card games played -141

Photos of smiling team members taken – 821

Photos of none smiling team members taken – 21

Kilos of dal eaten by expedition leader Paul Lewis – 72

Kilos of dal eaten by rest of team – 0.5

Flights used by team – 60

Kilos of luggage – 278

Number of team members to summit – 9

Rab clothing items used – 106

Years taken to build the Taj Mahal – 22

Total of steps climbed by team to Shanti Stupa – 2016

Photographs taken by team – 21,000

Number of cups of bed tea drunk – 79

Number of boiled eggs eaten – 205

Taxi journeys taken – 101

Most ingenious storage device – Janneke’s bra strap wallet!

Best bartering discount achieved for a souvenir – 79%

Record number of days one set of underwear worn during mountain phase – 6

Number of years Shah Jahan was imprisoned in Agra Fort – 8

Record temperature experienced in degrees Celsius – 41

Minimum temperature experienced in degrees Celsius –  -12

Number of potholes negotiated enroute from Leh accommodation to centre – 66

Parachute cafes visited during trek – 12

Posts to social media by all the team -194

Posts to social media made by team member Dom -190

Time taken in minutes to ascend and descend Stok Kangri – 882

Number of lassi drinks consumed – 211

Shopping journeys into Leh – 138

Rivers crossed – 8

Most popular song played – debatable!

Best percentage discount negotiated through bartering – 84

Worst percentage discount negotiated through bartering – 0

Amount spent in rupees on souvenirs by team members – 61,000

Number of times team member Steve said he wanted a Fray Bentos pie – 198

Fray Bentos pies eaten on expedition – 0

Mules used to transport team equipment – 16

Number of times supplementary oxygen was used (in Leh) – 1

Cheese jokes told by Paul – 25

Cheese jokes laughed at by rest of team – 1

Likelihood in percent that these statistics are accurate – 0.01

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Paul Lewis is the owner of Peak Mountaineering and recently led the successful Stok Kangri 2015 reader expedition for Trek & Mountain.


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