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Indians Rewriting Everest History – Everest 2012

Four bravehearts from Maharashtra became the first Indians to summit Mt Everest this climbing season while another 80 Indian climbers are waiting on the lower slopes for their turn.

Four members of the Sagarmatha Giryarohan Expedition from Maharashtra summited the world’s highest peak, once virtually barred to private groups due to lack of funding, at 6.45 a.m. Saturday, said the team’s guide and Everest hero from Hyderabad, Shekhar Babu Bacchinepally.

“This expedition is dedicated to Ramesh Gulave,” said Shekhar, whose ascent in 2007 as an individual climber unsupported by any organisations inspired dozens of Indian Everest aspirants subsequently.

Gulave developed breathing troubles and other health complications last month after the expedition had flagged off and had to be airlifted to Kathmandu and flown to India for medical treatment. He died on April 27.

Shrihari Tapkir, a 28-year-old avid trekker and climber from Wadmukhwadi village in Pune, was one of the four summiters.

Tapkir is also one of the founders of the Sagarmatha Girayarohan Sanstha at Bhosari, which is now one of the leading adventure clubs in Pune.

Accompanying the ordnance factory employee on the 8,848 m peak were Sagar Palkar, 27, from Chinchwad, Balaji Mane, 34, from latur district, and Anand Bansode, 27, from Solapur.

Bansode also set a new Guinness World Record for playing music on the highest altitude with a concert at camp II of Mt Everest on May 6, at a height of 6,300 meters.

“It was a financial challenge,” said Shekhar. “Most of the climbers took personal loans while the rest of the money came from individual donors and a few groups.

“Most corporates shied away from offering sponsorship, thinking it would cost them Rs.3-4 million per climber.

“However, the boys did it on a shoe-strong budget of Rs.1.5 million per climber.”

Shekhar himself had been a shoe-string Everest conqueror who owned his boots to the Indian Army expedition at that time as well as weather forecast reports.

If the weather holds, the Pune boys will make another go later this week.

Also waiting in the lower camps are three institutional Indian teams: from the army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Nehru Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling.

While 62 Indian climbers are following the route from the south through Nepal, there are nearly 20 more Indian climbers pushing ahead from the Tibet side.

The Pune boys shared their feat with another record creator Saturday.

Tamae Watanabe from Japan became the oldest woman to tame the mountain.

The 73-year-old, who reached the top as leader of the Asian Trekking International Everest Expedition 2012, along with Noriyuki Muraguchi, also from Japan, recreated her own record.

Ten years ago, she had strode to the top to become the then oldest woman to stand there at 63.

India lost an opportunity for another record earlier this month with Delhi teenager Arjun Vajpai being forced to abandon his twin goal in China after developing breathing problems.

The 18-year-old, who holds the record for being the youngest Indian to summit Mt Everest, is now trying to become the first Indian to tame all 14 “Death Zone” peaks in the world towering above 8,000 meters.

He has summited Mt lhotse and Mt Manaslu besides Mt Everest but his attempts on Mt Shishapangma and Mt Cho Oyu, the 14th and sixth highest peaks in the world respectively, had to be called off.

The teen took it stoically.

“A good mountaineer is the one who is able to return back safely from the heights,” he said. “The mountains are always there, it’s not the mountains that one conquers but oneself.”

Source:IANS

 

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Mahindra Adventure Season 2 kicks off in June

The eagerly anticipated second edition of Mahindra Adventure will take place in June 2012

India’s leading SUV manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra’s second season of Mahindra Adventure will be held in June. This series that showcases the off-roading potential of Mahindra vehicles includes categories like Great Escape, challenges, Monastery Escape, Royal New Year Escape, besides three new adventures, viz, the 14-day Tri-Nation Escape that traverses Bhutan, India and Nepal, and the six-day Authentic Goa Escape and Wildlife Escape. Primarily designed for Mahindra vehicle owners, those who do not own one can also participate by paying a nominal fee.

The Great Escape participants can participate in an ‘Off-Roading Trophy’ later in the year.

“After the successful run of Mahindra Adventure Season 1, we are all geared to unveil the new season that promises even more thrills for the adventure seeker. The ‘Off-roading Trophy’ and international events make season 2 even more exciting and will go a long way in showcasing the tough and rugged capability of our range of vehicles,” said Vivek Nayer, Vice President, Marketing, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Mahindra Adventure has also featured in the motorsport arena. After roping in drivers Gaurav Gill and Lohitt Urs, it has also got 2012 Dakshin Dare Rally winner Sunny Sidhu on board. The team will compete in India’s most popular motorsport events including Mughal Rally, Raid de Himalaya and Desert Storm.

The company also unveiled ‘Get Lost’, India’s first online adventure magazine.

Month Event Zone Date
July Monsoon Challenge South to West July 19 – July 22
July – August Monastery Escape Classic North July 26 – August 5
September Spice Challenge

Trination Challenge

South

North to East

Sept 7 – Sept 9

Sept 15 – Sept 29

November Wild Escape Central Nov 16 – Nov 21
December – January Royal Escape Classic North Dec 27 – Jan 1

Great Escape Calendar

Month Location Zone Date
June Kottayam – GE 90 South June 23
July Mumbai – GE 91 West July 7
August Goa – GE 92

Chandigarh – GE 93

Saklespur – GE 94

West

North

South

August 11

August 18

August 25

October Kohima – GE 95 East October 20
November Jaipur – GE 96 North November 24
December Off Road Championship  Mumbai December 7 to December 9
January Kolkatta Challenge – GE 97

Hyderabad Challenge – GE 98

East

South

January 13

January 20

February Coimbatore Challenge – GE 99 South February 3

Source: http://www.mahindraadventure.com/

 

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News Snippet – Adventure, Mountaineering, Everest and travel

Rohtang Pass to open for traffic next week

Rohtang Pass shut in by heavy snow for the last five month will be opened to the traffic by next week if weather does not grow very extreme, said an Official of a Border Road Organization (BRO).
“The snow clearing operation is in full swing and we will throw open Rohtang Pass in within 4 or 5 days. This operation is very difficult, as our men have to work under sub-zero temperature and extreme weather conditions. The snow in this rugged terrain vary from 25 to 40 feet and the snow clearing work is very risky,” said BRO Official.
Rohtang Pass with an altitude of 13,050 feet, is a gateway to the tribal district of Lahaul and Spiti and is 52 Km from tourist resort Manali.
The snow clearing work on the strategic 475-km National Highway-21 that connects Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Leh in Jammu and Kashmir started in the beginning of  March. The highway plays an important role in the movement of armed forces to the border areas in Ladakh.
Source:
Punjab Newsline Network

By the year 2070, we could lose…The Himalayas

Like Antarctica, the Himalayas are covered in ice and snow. In fact, the world’s highest mountain range—which runs 1,500 miles through seven countries, including India and China—contains the planet’s largest non-polar ice mass, with over 46,000 glaciers. And just like in Antarctica, the ice is melting. Between 1950 and 1980, about half of the Himalayas’ glaciers were shrinking. That number hit 95 percent in 2010, and scientists predict that the entire Himalayan land mass may be slashed 43 percent by 2070. Global warming is just one reason—soot from millions of coal- and wood-burning stoves in India and China also take a share of the blame. The glaciers absorb the heat, which exacerbates the warming process. The glacier loss will affect people living along Asia’s 10 major rivers—who make up one-sixth of the total global population-that depend on glacial melt to stave off drought and starvation.

Source: Fox News

Sherpa on Everest expedition dies in Nepal

A government official in Nepal says that a Sherpa who was guiding a group of climbers on an Everest expedition has fallen into a crevasse and died.

Tilak Pandey of the Ministry of Tourism and Mountaineering says that Namgyal Tshering Sherpa died on Saturday. Few other details were immediately available.

Sherpa had scaled the peak twice before. He is the second guide to die while climbing Everest in this year’s spring climbing season. Climbers generally try to scale Everest in May.

On Wednesday, experienced climber Karsang Namgyal died from altitude sickness.

Everest is the world’s highest mountain and has an 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak.

Source: Fox News

Legendary Nepalese mountaineer completes Great Himalayan Trail

Legendary Nepalese mountaineer Apa Sherpa created yet another mountaineering milestone by traversing the 1,449 km Great Himalaya Trail between Taplejung in the far east Nepal to Darchua in the far-West in 88 days.

Apa Sherpa, Nepali Sherpa mountaineer - Wikimedia Commons

Apa Sherpa, Nepali Sherpa mountaineer - Wikimedia Commons

Apa, a record 21-time Everest summiteer, and his team traversed the trail from Ghunsa in Taplejung crossing almost 10 of the world’s over 8,000 meters summits.

The theme of the traverse, flagged off by President Ram Baran Yadav, was not mountaineering but to create awareness among the people regarding climate change impacts in the mountain region.

51-year-old Apa started his epic trek from eastern Nepal on January 24 and concluded at Darchula district on April 20, said the Asian Trekking, the organiser of the event.

“People in the mountains must be given livelihood opportunities that also address threats from climate change,” Apa said.

“The experience of walking the entire length of Nepal’s Himalayas has made me even more committed in my resolve to speak for the mountains and mountain communities,” he said.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

 

 
 

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Pune Everest Team Sets up Everest Basecamp

Pune 2012 Everest Team sets up the Everest Basecamp.

Setting Up Tent

 

 

 

 

Setting Up Basecamp Tent

 

 

 

 

Basecamp

 

 

 

 

Prayer offerings at Everest Basecamp

 

 

 

 

Pune Everest 2012 Team Everest Expedition

Pune Everest 2012 Team Everest Expedition

 

 

 

 

Team Praying for Successful Expedition

Team Praying for Successful Expedition

 
 

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ITBP team to ski down Everest

To mark its golden jubilee year, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police hopes to create a world record of sorts by sending a team of experienced mountaineers to ski down Mount Everest in the coming months. The ITBP Mountaineering and Skiing Expedition was flagged off by Delhi’s Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna here on Friday.

ITBP Director-General Ranjit Sinha showing world-class equipment to Delhi’s Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna at the flagging-off ceremony of the skiing expedition to Everest at ITBP headquarters in New Delhi on Friday. Expedition leader Commandant Prem Singh looks on. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

World-class equipment and clothing has been procured by the ITBP for the expedition, including special helmet video mounted cameras to record the process of skiing down.

The ITBP was constituted in 1962 and began mountaineering in 1964. Its mountaineers have held records of scaling Mount Everest six times. Its skiers have skied down from peaks like Mt. Kamet (25,447 feet), Mt. Abigamin (24,130 ft) and Mt. Stoke Kangri (20,077 ft) in the past.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Mountaineering

 

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