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Know and Follow Basic Minimum Standards for Pleasant Paragliding Trips

Although trend of paragliding adventures gained momentum in India very late as compared to European countries, the country earned the contract to host Paragliding World Cup 2015. The activity is no more limited to hills and mountains. Even plains are inviting attention of paragliders. So the activity rule book is in making. One of the chapters define Basic Minimum Standards (BMS). This paragliding season, remember and follow the BMS. So

Indian Basic Minimum Standards for commercial mountaineering expeditions

This is the third and the last post discussing Indian Basic Minimum Standards (BMS) for climbing tours in the Indian Himalayas. Today I will list the three remaining standards.   1. Documentation   The adventure tour operator must have the following documents:   Complete curriculum vitae (CVs) of guides and instructors Feedback from the clients about guides and instructors Copies of permissions and permits obtained for current expeditions Copies of

Indian Basic Minimum Standards for commercial mountaineering expeditions

According to the Indian Basic Minimum Standards (BMS) for Mountaineering, the adventure tour operators must define and update standard operation procedures (SOPs) for commercial climbing expeditions to the Indian Himalayas. The SOPs should also be vetted by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF). What is a SOP?   In the simplest words, “An SOP is a procedure specific to your operation that describes the activities necessary to complete tasks in accordance

Indian Basic Minimum Standards for commercial mountaineering expeditions

India defined Basic Minimum Standards (BMS) for commercial mountaineering expeditions to peaks of 6,000 meters or comparable in 2009. The BMS are divided into the following seven categories: 1.      Documentation 2.      Emergencies and rescues 3.      Equipment 4.      Guides / Instructors 5.      Inspections and maintenance procedures 6.      Risk mitigation 7.      Standard operating procedure (SOP) and operating instructions   This post focuses on three standards: guides / instructors, equipment, and inspections and