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November 9th, 2011

Ganges Expedition- “No one is inspired by negative”


Once the team departed Dehradoon on their bikes they left for Gangotri to ask for special permission to enter the Gomukh National Park. Thanks to the team in India, they Indian Government honored a permit and saved one guesthouse for them.  Leaving early on the morning of the 5th of November, Robert Swan and 2041 Team Member, Kyle O’ Donoghue trekked the 7,000 feet of altitude to Bhojbasa where they set up camp for the evening. The harsh conditions swept in fast reaching -15 Celsius forming ice on the inside of their tent causing them to wake before light and continue forth to the Gomukh Glacier.  Upon arrival Rob felt a strong connection with what the river symbolizes knowing that it is the source of water to 300 to 350 million people. He said, “the rate at what the glacier is depleting is just staggering. You can see the poles on which they measure the movement and it is moving back faster than what was predicted before.” Feeling a sense of despair, Kyle and Rob shook hands and agreed that it is now time to focus on answers instead of depicting the gloom that they felt at that moment. “No one is inspired by negative, be inspirational and now is the time to find solutions and show others how to put them in action.”