Weekly Trekking Tales #25
Tragedy at Ogre 2 ?
The search and rescue effort to locate Scott Adamson and Kyle Dumpster on Ogre 2 a.k.a Baintha Brakk II have been called off on 3rd September. Scott and Kyle are two of America’s most talented alpinists. They were last spotted by their Pakistani cook on Sunday, August 21 half-way up the face.
Garud Shikhar army expedition
A trekking expedition ‘Garud Shikhar’ was flagged off by Commander, Double Victory Brigade, Brig Sandeep Singh, from Beas Military Station. The team, comprising 10 members, is led by Captain Alexraj VS of Guards.
The trek is scheduled in the arduous terrain of Himachal with the team scaling various mountainous features, including Bhabha Pass, which is at the height of 17,000 feet. The team members will be self contained for the duration of the expedition. They will traverse 144 km in 10 days. Read more.
I don't know, I have never walked that path and even if I did, I would find only what I seek that is different from what you seek. Even when we walk the same trail, we would discover and find different things because our quest is different. You will find what you seek and I shall find what I seek. But I can assure you that you will surely find something, even if it is unexpected, unwanted or unplanned.
Pin Bhabha Pass, Kinnaur
To put it in perspective, Pin Bhaba Pass is a ‘Mini Pin Parvati Pass’ Trek in the making. It captures all the exciting aspect of Pin Parvati Trek in a shorter time span. It is power packed with a stark contrast of an evergreen Bhaba Valley of Kinnaur and the mysterious Cold Desert of Pin Valley.
Canara Trail - India’s longest trekking trail (Update)
A section of the Great Canara Trail, acclaimed as the longest trekking route in India, will be open to the public by November. The stretch of about 100km between Ulavi and Castle Rock, the last leg of the trail, will be open for trekking enthusiasts. This leg of the trail entirely falls in the forests of Kali Tiger Reserve. The Great Canara Trail is a trekking path of 288km stretching between Jog waterfalls and Castle Rock waterfall near Karnataka-Goa border and will take 20 days to complete. The entire stretch will have 27 halting sites and is expected to be opened in 2017-18.
Fraud on Everest confirmed
Maharashtra Police constables Tarkeshwari and Dinesh Rathod’s ‘Everest conquest’ has now been certified a Himalayan hoax. On August 30, the Nepal Ministry of Tourism, the nodal agency for the Everest expedition, to which proofs of a summit climb are submitted, annulled the certificate it had issued to the Rathods, apart from banning them for 10 years from any Nepal expedition. Read More.
Gabriel explores Dharamshala
Book recommendation - The Maverick Mountaineer By Robert Wainwright
It was the Australian rebel George Finch who demonstrated the value of oxygen in reaching almost 27,000 feet on Everest in 1922. But Robert Wainwright's biography also reveals an eccentric scientist and inventor whose complicated personal life extended to his strange relationship with his son, the actor Peter Finch. Available on Amazon India.
Gear - Garmin VivoActive HR
The ‘jack of all sports’ watch is here. Touchscreen, Heart Rate, GPS, decent battery, sunlight legible. It ticks all the right boxes. Available on Amazon India.
Gear - Casio-F91W
If the Garmin VivoActive is too rich for your blood, get the iconic Casio-F91W for Rs.750. We wear ours everyday, even today! For the past 5 years! Available on Amazon India.