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Weekly trekking tales #15


“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

— Alfred Lord Tennyson

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.

Magadi circle Inspector Yalagaiah told Mirror, “After walking down around 200 metres, the teens realised they were trapped. They were in a position from where they could not move an inch up or down. It was around 1.30 pm. For almost two hours, the boys tried heroic stunts to get themselves out of the situation, but all efforts went in vain.

— Bangalore Mirror

Featured article

In July 2015, The North Face alpinist Andy Houseman and alpinist/mountain sports photographer Jon Griffith travelled to Charakusa Valley, Pakistan, in an attempt to make the first ascent of Link Sar, a magnificent and daunting 7,041m presence in the heart of the Karakoram Mountains. A multitude of complex barriers posed by weather, altitude, razor ridges, and serac barriers had thus far kept the summit untouched, despite some heroic attempts made since the 1970s. The team made a successful first ascent of the mountain’s West Summit (6,938m) via their own route, Fever Pitch.

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.

Exploring Tirthan

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!



Unclipped Adventure’s humorous take on 7 things that you must pack for an adventure.

More peak bagging in Raru Valley, Ladakh

Between 20 July and 9 September 2015 the Slovenian alpinists Anastasija Davidova and Matija Jošt – Matic made what are believed to be the first ascents of three previously unclimbed peaks in the India’s Raru valley: Khumchu Ri 6064m, Kun Long Ri 6058m and Ri Pok Te 6210m.

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.

Together with Chetan Pandey (liaison officer) and Heera Singh (cook), Davidova and Jost – Matic established BC at 4623m on 29 July after trekking for two days from Raru.

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

©  Subhra Dey

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.

Instagram inspiration

REI lists a group of people who share great stories, backpack and choose to OptOutside on a regular basis. Read more.

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