Weekly trekking tales #15
Never, never, ever take a shortcut on a hike
Unprepared and full of testosterone, always a bad combination. Read more.
A big shout of thanks to General Thimaya National Academy of Adventure (Gethnaa) and Praveen CM who completed a 75-ft run-out, that is a climb without any bolts or rope, to reach the boys. Had Praveen made a single mistake, he would have fallen 150ft down to the ground. It was a huge risk the rescuers were taking.
Beautiful photography and an amazing read on sidetracked magazine. Read more.
Gross National Happiness
Many know Bhutan as the last Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom and the only country in the world to use Gross National Happiness as its primary yardstick for progress.
On rape and racism
For god’s sake, let’s stop painting our own society as a haven of peace and safety, which it most definitely isn’t, and by the same token, let’s stop turning the rest of the world into a no-go zone, full of dangerous criminals. Rape, and sexual assault, and all the other violent crimes, happen everywhere. And that’s appalling. But what’s also appalling is how much our worlds will shrink if we don’t question the beliefs and prejudices we’re being fed by mass media and popular culture.
Emily discusses the prejudices and beliefs impaired by people who have not stepped out of their country. As a lone woman travelling across continents on her bicycle, her views are well worth a read.
Ankit Sood lists a few places you can explore around Tirthan (Himachal Pradesh).
Rijul Shergill, an intrepid Himalayan Explorer
The most pertinent information on Dahuladhar (Himachal Pradesh) mountains. Sigh! we just wish it was better presented, because this deserves a wider audience. Rijul is a true Dhauladhar trekking legend. We salute you!
7 MUST HAVES FOR AN ADVENTURE
Unclipped Adventure’s humorous take on 7 things that you must pack for an adventure.
More peak bagging in Raru Valley, Ladakh
Raru valley lies in Zanskar, Ladakh (J&K). The article goes on to give due reference to the cook and liaison officer. Cooks, an important part of any expedition hardly get a mention in the dispatches.
Read more about this ascent on Planet Mountain. Read more on Raru Valley in this 2011 dispatch from The British Mountaineering Council (BMC). It includes images too.
Amazing view from Sandakphu
Subhra Dey’s amazing view from Sandakphu (W. Bengal). A view of those peaks was worth the trek.
Ricoh introduces its smallest, most rugged, go-anywhere camera
Ricoh has announced the WG-M2, an update to the WG-M1, its original rugged action camera, adding 4K video at 30 fps. It's capable of diving to depths of up to 19.8m/65ft, an improvement over the prior model's 9.8m/32ft waterproof rating, and is 40% smaller and lighter than its predecessor. The WG-M2 is also able to operate in temperatures as low as -10°C/14°F and will survive falls up to 2m/6.5ft.
Meanwhile, check out Go Pro's range for trekkers on Amazon India.
REI lists a group of people who share great stories, backpack and choose to OptOutside on a regular basis. Read more.