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i2P Q/A

We welcome questions concerning our i2P Expedition Bolivia 2011 from everyone! If you have questions for Ray & the i2P team about their expedition or the chemistry educational program please submit them. We are also happy to entertain questions about i2P Expedition Bolivia Challenge, the education component of our program, or any other i2P activity.

Submit your questions and have the i2P expedition team answer them now and from Bolivia! The expedition begins May 15th 2011. We will do our best to answer as many questions as we can.




Answered questions:

Question Answer
Hello Ryan and i2P. We met you at OASC. We are enjoying the tour with you. We can not watch the live feeds, but will watch the recording tomorrow. We are reading about Shackleton and another expedition to Antarctica. The class would like to ask about the trip.

Donna Matovich,
Winston Middle School

Ryan Montgomery:
Hello fellow OASCers! The trip is fantastic! We completed the expedition yesterday and the whole team is feeling outstanding. We ran a total of 200km (about 120miles) across the Salar de Uyuni, volcanos, lagunas, and other jaw-dropping sites. We started at 12,000 feet and worked our way up to 14,500 feet (Insane!). The team experienced some intense altitude sickness, nevertheless, we are all perfect now. We all fly home in a couple days.

Answered on: Sunday May 22 2011
What energizes you enough to get up every morning and run?

Madi Bunt,
Winston Middle School

Youth Ambassadors:
The hot cooked meals cooked by our outstanding kitchen staff! The cold morning were miserable nonetheless. The team regained our chipper-ness once we began running!

Answered on: Sunday May 22 2011
What has been your greatest experience so far?

Chance Poe,
Winston Middle School

Youth Ambassadors:
Meeting all these amazing people that are on the expedition and afflicated with i2P! Also, seeing that we can achieve this supposed impossible thing in life---anybody can achieve anything they want to if they have the mental strength!

Answered on: Sunday May 22 2011
What is the weirdest thing you have seen so far?

Lacey D. James,
Winston Middle School

Youth Ambassadors:
Seeing a 15-year-old operating a resturant by himself with another young boy here in Uyuni.

Answered on: Sunday May 22 2011
What kind of wildlife have you seen?

Brittney Deaver,
Winston Middle School

Youth Ambassadors:
Llamas, alpacas, falmingos, HUGE spiders, various birds, lots of dogs, and other insects.

Answered on: Sunday May 22 2011
If you could take another person with you (living or dead), who would it be?

McKenzie Arrant,
Winston Middle School

Youth Ambassadors:
Dad (Jessica), Forest Gump (Ashley), my pet frog (Ryan)

Answered on: Sunday May 22 2011
Who or what inspired you to do this?

Matilda Primrose,
Winston Middle School

Youth Ambassadors:
RAY ZAHAB and his amazing running abilities and inspirational stories!

Answered on: Sunday May 22 2011
How long do you sleep on a regular basis?

Charley Denwitty,
Winston Middle School

Youth Ambassadors:
The elevation made it difficult to sleep. Everybody woke up several times during the night. Sleep patterns varied.

Answered on: Sunday May 22 2011
Are athletes more prone to injury as a result of the altitude? How does altitude effect joints?

Shelley ,

Youth Ambassadors:
Nice question!! It doesn’t affect your joints, however, it does significantly affect your respiratory system.

Answered on: Sunday May 22 2011
Did your face feel different in the different air pressure

Steven,
Park Forest Middle School

Youth Ambassadors:
Our faces/fingers would sometimes tingle due to the cold temperatures and altitude. No effect due to air pressure

Answered on: Sunday May 22 2011
How long does it take you to recover and feel like running again?

Steven,
Park Forest Middle School

Youth Ambassadors:
Actually it was amazing we would wake up and our legs would feel fresh, but over the course of six days our legs would grow weaker due to mileage increase.

Answered on: Sunday May 22 2011
Are you keeping a record of the temperature throughout the day? If so, what is the range?

Steven,
Park Forest Middle School

Youth Ambassadors:
Radical question! Night (-20C) Day (15C, but wind made it colder) Morning (-15C) All temperatures varied.

Answered on: Sunday May 22 2011
Hi Ashley Hassard - how is the run going? How is the altitude affecting you? What are the conditions of the run? Does the hotel have a spa? HAHAHA!

Shelley Hassard,

Ashley Hassard:
Hi Mama Haz! When we were at 16,000 ft everybody was starting to feel the effects of altitude sickness. Personally, my symptoms have included dizziness, nausia, and a difficulty when breathing. Unfortunately, mine have been a little more intense and have lasted a little longer than others, but we are taking it day by day, and every day that passes I feel a little bit better. Miss you!

Answered on: Friday May 20 2011
How are you enjoying being in front of the camera and filming everything?! Hope you guys are having fun!!!

Bridget Beury,

Ashley Hassard:
Hi Bridget! Thanks for asking. We are absolutely having loads of fun. We are like one huge family now, and it is like exploring with your best friends. At first having the cameras around was a little strange, but after a while we got pretty used to them being there. It also really helps that the film crew that is here with us are super friendly, and really funny, so they keep us laughing.

Answered on: Friday May 20 2011
How large are the mounds of salt crystals we see in the online image?

David F.,
Park Forest Middle School

Ashley Hassard:
Great question! They were about one meter, or three feet high, and about one meter wide in a cone shape.

Answered on: Friday May 20 2011
Why did your path change at the end of the first day's trip?

Clara ,
Park Forest Middle School

Ashley Hassard:
Hi Clara! Our path changed after our first day run due to the fact that the Salar de Uyuni was flooded with water as a result of some heavy rainfalls.

Answered on: Friday May 20 2011
Do you think you will have Fun? and what do you think you will learn?

Mariah Wiliamson,
Longfellow

Ashley Hassard:
Hello Mariah! We have absolutely been having loads of fun! Yes, the running can be difficult at times, but spending time with fantastic people, learning about the exciting world of chemistry, and the reward of being able to accomplish something so great as a team makes it such a wonderful experience. We have learned a lot about the wonderful country of Bolivia, the local culture, and cuisine. We have learned a great deal about chemistry in regards to the minerals and natural elements that surround us in such a mineral rich environment like the Salar. We also have had the priviledge to learn a lot about ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses, both as runners and as individuals. Mostly, however, I would say that we have learned how much strength we can draw from each other and what a phenomenal thing it is to be a part of a team of people who all care about each other.

Answered on: Friday May 20 2011
what is the mission for this trip?

Luke L.,
Longfellow Middle School

Ashley Hassard:
Well the main three goals for many of impossible2Possible expeditions are to inspire, motivate, and empower. This trip itself involves a number of things including: pushing yourself both mentally and physically, taking the time to learn about who you are as a person, learning about chemistry, and inspiring others around the world to challange themselves and pursure things that they really believe in.

Answered on: Friday May 20 2011
What is the longest you have ran without stopping on the high-altitude salt flats?

Amy E.,

Ashley Hassard:
The Salt Flats were very tricky. Due to the high altitude, uneven ground, and flooding, we found that it worked best if we ran for 5km at a time, and then took a short break to refill our Gatorade packs, and grab something to eat. It was very dry and sunny there, and with so much energy being used to run, it was very important that we took the time to stop and hydrate ourselves and refule on carbohydrates in order to continue the run.

Answered on: Friday May 20 2011
What have you been eating for breakfast, before you start running for the day?

Amy E.,

Ashley Hassard:
Really good question Amy! Well, for breakfast this morning we were lucky enough to wake up to cereal, pancakes, and toast. We always try to get in lots of carbs before our long morning runs. We also make sure to have lots of jam, butter, and caramel to spread on top of our toast and pancakes to ensure that our bodies have enough sugar to burn while we excercise. It is also very cold here at night, and we always look forward to a hot cup of tea or coffee once we pack up our tents.

Answered on: Friday May 20 2011
Have you adjusted to the altitude better now that you are on day 3 versus how you felt at day 1?

Amy E.,

Ashley Hassard:
Many of us are definitely feeling quite a bit better. After being up at a high altitude for a couple of days you absolutely do become acclimatized. According to the doctors, how people acclimatize can be completely arbitrary, and so some of us have adjusted better than others.

Answered on: Friday May 20 2011
Hi Ashley, We were wondering if you or your team mates have seen any plant or animal life while running on the salt flats?

Mrs. Parkes' class,
Holy Cross, London, Ontario , Canada

Ashley Hassard:
Hi Holy Cross! It's so wonderful to hear from you all! We did see lots of animals while we were running! There were no real animals on the salt flats themselves, but once we got onto the mainland we saw a wild donkey, wild flamigos, lots of llamas, and quite a bit of wild dogs.In terms of plan life there isn't much greenery here. In the towns there are some cactus', and around the roads as well as our campsitesthere are these small Bolivian evergreen bushes, and some small green lichen, that are probably thousands of years old!

Answered on: Friday May 20 2011
Ashely I was woundering what is your favourite view is when you are runing?

Archana Reigota,
Holy Cross Shcool

Ashley Hassard:
Oh my! Archana that is a great question! Personally, my favourite view has been seeing the active volcano that we have been running past for the past couple of days. It is a huge volcano with a snowy peak and when you look up at the top of it you can see smoke coming out of the middle.

Answered on: Friday May 20 2011
I hope you guys are having the time of your life! I'm really enjoying watching the expedition, completeing such a grueling task is so inspiring! Keep up the awesome effort!! :)

Jessie Lilly,

Ashley Hassard:
Thank you Jessie! It means so much to us to know that you are all enjoying this wonderful expedition as much as we are! It is people like you who keep us going! :)

Answered on: Friday May 20 2011