Nepalese Honey Hunters

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Things noted: 

-Their walk is essentially what Esther Gokhale describes in her work —  a hip-dominated stride, a long hind leg, the heel of the foot only leaves the ground once the entire foot is leaving the ground for the next stride (as compared to a stiff-ankled human who might extend the ankle (calf-raise) prematurely in the stride and never reach straight back leg at any point in the stride. The stiff-ankled human misses out on full hip extension in each stride as well as suffers from aggressive heel strike in the front over-stridden leg. This leads to a ripple effect up the body, jolting every joint up to the skull.) The Nepalese here place their front foot more directly under their body, and the hips and knees extend as the leg drives back and the ankle flexes substantially each stride. Long story shortened – greater hip range of motion, longer expression of posterior leg muscles, greater ankle and foot range of motion, less collision with the ground each stride. This walking style is part of an ever-present feedback loop with many aspects of a squatting culture (working and existing low to the ground without modern technology limiting body ranges of motion). 

-They never seem to fatigue.

-They can carry substantial loads in very demanding terrain on a daily basis without fitting the western physical image of “strong.”

-The old man carries the sick translator on his back through the terrain effortlessly – a tremendous feat that he cruises through easily. The size of the man, his age, the speed at which he moves, and the lack of fatigue with this endeavor… tremendous.

-The accumulation of ranges of motions and physical activity that make up these peoples’ daily lives is almost immeasurably advanced when compared to westernized civilians.