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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Survival Skill 1: How to See in Dark

Survival Skill 1: How to See in Dark


On a moonless night, pitch dark sky and / or your dark tent without any lights are scary.  Because you cannot see anything.

But there is a trick to see in the darkness. Survival Skill 1 elaborates on this.

Your eyes have millions of cones and rods. The cones reside in the small center area of the retina and rods occupy the remaining part. The former work at bright light, whereas the latter work at low light.

Therefore, do not look straight in the place you are trying to see during the low light hours.  For example, while searching for sleeping bag, plates, or anything else in your dimly lit tent, look slightly to the side of the object for better vision. Then light will fall on the rod filled part of the retina.

The same trick will give you a better view of a faint star in the dark sky.

Remember, since the rods do not facilitate color vision, you see everything in grey scale in the night.

Survival Skill 2: How to Avoid Frostbite

Bhutan Photo Campaign Invites You to Share Meaning of Happiness

Bhutan Photo Campaign Invites You to Share Meaning of Happiness


A boy from Chilling village in Ladakh, India


The Tourism Council of Bhutan launched Bhutan Photo Campaign. The campaign is dedicated to King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the promoter of the concept of Gross National Happiness.

The campaign accepts photographs taken within Bhutan or beyond its borders. However, each photograph should define what happiness is. A 40-character tagline is also required.

Last date to submit pictures is November 4, 2015.


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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