Alone in the Wilderness

At age 51, Dick Proenneke chose a life in the wilderness, built a cabin for himself in the extreme rugged clime of untouched Alaska. He lived there for the next 30 years, his life a meditative exercise in living responsibly, simply and joyfully. Over the 30 years, he wrote in his journal every day, maintaining a rich documentation of his daily life, his commune with nature around him and a meticulous recording of meteorological data. These journals & the film footage he has recorded using his 16mm wind-up camera let us look into a life led with a strong work and wilderness ethic, a life led with extreme contentment.

He would have turned 100 in 2016. We celebrate the man, his life and his message in this review.

The 5 gadgets that are always in my backpack

We've been often asked about the electronic gadgets we carry on our trek. Here's our list of the 5 gadgets we absolutely don't leave without. Life is so much simpler with them, these basic must-own gadgets ably equip us on our treks. This list of life-saving, trek-saving and memory-saving items should help you decide what makes it to your backpack.

A taste of Sahyadri. Accessible monsoon weekend treks for Mumbaikars

With the monsoon around the corner, here's a compendium of treks that is guaranteed to incite travellust. So grab those daypacks and hiking shoes Mumbaikars and head out to the Sahyadri. Western Ghats are one of the world’s eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity. Around 5,000 species of vascular plants alone grow there, as do hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, birds, and amphibians. A large number of these species are endemic to the Ghats: they are found nowhere else in the world. 

Pantwari to Nag Tibba Trek Detail (with GPS logs and recommended trekking gear)

Nag Tibba has a beautiful and unparalleled view of the Garhwal Himalaya which makes it a popular trekking destination. With this popularity comes the bane of commercialisation and the loss of solitude. Still, you would be wrong to discard Nag Tibba as one for dilettante trekkers. Inditramp explores every facet of Nag Tibba to bring you what's popular and also its unexplored coves and meadows. Whether you seek to revel in the company of others or plan your own sylvan trek, we have you covered in our comprehensive Nag Tibba coverage.

An eulogy to Ueli Steck

While I've never met Ueli, I have always enjoyed following his exploits and wondering what he would be up to next. This is an incredibly sad ending to an incredibly rich life. My condolences go out to his friends and family. Ueli you will be remembered as a humble athelete with a healthy disdain for mountaineers, a warm person and and despite what you might say… a mountaineering legend.

Meru film review - Of Giants and Men

In 2011 a three-man team successfully made it to the 6310m (20702ft) summit of the central peak of Meru via the treacherous Shark’s Fin route. Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk had climbed their way to a world record.

Sundance Audience award winner Meru (2015) chronicles their journey along this most challenging vertiginous climb. The film is not just a documentary on climbing, but a meditation on the choices made, of passion, mentorship, brotherhood, trust, loyalty and the human will.

Watch the film for its universal appeal. Brilliant!