Mountaineering Refresher Course: A Guided Step towards Proficiency

In the mountaineering training segment, things are changing for good. Last Wednesday I discussed one of the interesting developments, an opportunity for mountaineering training in middle age. Today I will cover another useful development. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (H.M.I.) is conducting Mountaineering Refresher Course (Men and Women) in 2019-20. However, the…

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Basic Mountaineering Course in Middle Age: Exclusive Opportunity

We have a happy news for mountaineering enthusiasts who have reached middle age (45-60 years). They can join a basic mountaineering course (B.M.C.) that generally accepts applications from 16-45 age group. Another happy news is that the enthusiasts can choose between short course and long course depending on their leisure…

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8 State Governments Offer Incentive for Adventure Activities

A number of state governments in India offers incentives to their employees for participating in adventure activities. The most common incentive is a (paid) special casual leave (S.C.L.) mainly for two activities: mountaineering and trekking. Special casual leave doubles as an incentive to promote an activity and welfare of the…

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How to Get Paid Leave for Mountaineering, Trekking…

Both central government and a number of state governments offer incentives to their employees for participating in adventure activities, including mountaineering and trekking. The incentives include reimbursement of the expenses incurred on the activity and / or special casual leave (S.C.L.). Not all employers grant the leave for all adventure…

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1 Adventure Scholarship Scheme for Poor

Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI) offers Off the Beaten Track Siddharth Adventure Scholarship for needy thrill seekers. Prof Vijay Singh and Mrs Saroj Singh donated INR 500,000 for the scholarship in 2016. They started this scholarship scheme in memory of their son, Siddharth Singh, who promoted outdoor activities and…

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Learn Skiing in Munsiyari

February is not just for valentines. The month opens a window to the world of the Himalayan snow. If you love the fresh white landscape and its challenges, Pandit Nain Singh Surveyor Mountaineering Training Institute conducts a two-week-long basic skiing course in Munsiyari. An Indian pays INR 9,000 for the…

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An Opportunity for Expedition Leaders to Learn and Hone Their Skills

Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) plans to conduct a high altitude medical expedition during May-June 2017 to train mountaineers and trekkers in expedition first aid, health care, leadership, life support techniques, medicine, and rescue. So that expedition leaders can protect the injured and affected parties until professional medical help reaches the…

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How to Get Grade A in Basic Mountaineering Course

Tips to Get Grade A in Basic Mountaineering Course

One of my readers* wants to know how he can get grade A in Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC). Here are my suggestions and insider tips for him and other aspiring mountaineers. (* I have deleted reader’s name on his request. The reader does not want unnecessary publicity.) The first prerequisites…

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IHCAE Conducts Adventure Activity Courses in Sikkim Himalayas

I have been frequently asked about Sikkim-based government institutes offering mountaineering and other adventure activity courses.  I have earlier talked about the Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute (S.G.M.I.) located in Gangtok. However, this institute does not cater to individual requests. But do not worry! The state tourism department built Indian Himalayan…

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