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Weekly Trekking Tales #29

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Imagination is usually regarded as a synonym for the unreal. Yet is true imagination healthful and real, no more likely to mislead than the coarser senses. Indeed, the power of imagination makes us infinite.

— John Muir

Learn how to pronounce exotic outdoor brand names


Skeletons at Indrahar Pass (H.P.)

Some trekkers spotted two human skeletons near 4342-meter Indrahar pass in the Dhauladhar mountain range. The skeletal remains are suspected to be of two French trekkers – Valentin Marcel Gorges, 20, and Francois Xavier Camille, 21 – who had gone missing in the area in August 2013. 

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Next time Triund may not be as clean. Act now!

Waste Warriors Dharamshala, are the primary reason why you won’t find any waste on the Triund trail. However, the project is in dire need of funds. Donate, volunteer or help spread the word. 

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The spirit of Indian Himalayas


Snow leopard conservation & a grazing-free reserve in Kibber (Spiti, H.P.)

In order to survive, the endangered snow leopard needs sufficient wild prey. In the last decades, a lack of prey has become a threat to the cat in many parts of its range, populations of ibex, bharal and other prey species have declined. In some areas, this was mainly due to unsustainable hunting. In the Indian Himalaya, on the other hand, overgrazing of fragile pastures by domestic livestock has been a bigger problem. Learn how grazing-free village reserves are helping save the snow leopard. 

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$10 Million

Last week we mentioned that Patagonia had planned to donate all its Black Friday earnings to charity. The company said it was expected pull in about $2 million in sales at both its 80 global stores and Patagonia.com but blew past its own estimate many times over. 5 times over. So the $10 million will go to grassroots environmental groups fighting to protect vital natural resources like water, air and soil. Ahem! Indian gear manufacturers, the bar has been set.

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Ashima Shiraishi

“People celebrate her achievements because she’s the youngest person to climb a certain grade, they also celebrate it because she’s the first female to climb at certain grades. But really she’s basically just one of the best climbers in the country. Hands down.” Alex Honnold sums up 15-year-old American Ashima Shiraishi pretty neatly and with 9/a+ sport climbing, 8C bouldering, Youth Lead and Boulder World Champion titles already to her name all she needs to do right now, as Emily Harrington states, is have fun! 


Sidetracked magazine interviews Lukasz Warzecha

Polish born and now living in Peak District, Lukasz Warzecha is a rising star and considered among the top adventure photographers in the World.

Every time I pick up the camera I want to ‘just get that extra something,’ to capture a bit of subject’s personality. That’s what I am looking for, a subtle glimpse of magic, you can quote that.

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Chau Chau Kang Nilda

Chau Chau Kang Nilda also known as ‘Guan Nelda’ or ‘blue moon in the sky’. The mountain located 13 km northeast of Kaza, Spiti (H.P.). Learn the local legend behind its name. The Chau Chau Kang Nilda was first climbed in 1939 by J.O.M. Roberts who crossed Spiti from Kullu. He became the first mountaineer to visit Spiti.

 By Sumita Roy Dutta (Own work) [ CC BY-SA 4.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

By Sumita Roy Dutta (Own work) [ CC BY-SA 4.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons


Cover Image A sunrise over Kangra Valley © Bharat Singh Bhadwal. All Rights Reserved.

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