Mountain Stories

On a trek through the Himalaya I met this deaf-dumb man.
He explained that he was collecting bamboo for his water buffalo. After he tied up the giant bamboo bale I tried to lift it.
I was puzzled by how this 72-year-old man was able to easily lift that weight and carry it down the steep mountain.
The slope was so steep that even without a heavy weight it was hard to get down the hill in one piece. The people of this region fight hard for survival on a daily basis.