Interview with Pankaj Lagwal, Senior Mountain Guide and Outdoor Instructor at Ascent Descent Adventures, an indian based adventure company dedicated to mountaineering and trekking in the Himalayas. Pankaj talks about his love for the Mountains, what his company offers and his most exciting stories from trekking in the Himalayas.Continue Reading »
Shashi has been the adventurous sort since childhood. During school days when other children choose to watch movies in air-condition theater and hang out at their favourite haunts, Shashi used to go miles into the jungles or up in the Himalayas on one of those gulling treks. Her association with the NCC also boosted the adventurous spirit in her. "The feeling was exhilarating. The fear that was in my mind before I jumped had turned into a feeling of ecstasy, “she says. “I just couldn’t believe that the jump would be such a smooth affair. The elastic cord did it all. No jerks, no nothing." The money was well spent not only fell for bungee jumping but also ended up as a “master jumper and instructor” with the same company, Wanderlust Travel, which sponsored her training under a Dutch coach. During the past three years, Shashi has jumped at least 70 times from heights of 110-130 feet.Continue Reading »
Publised in Delhi Special on 17 March 2009Continue Reading »
Rock Climbing Rock climbing like many adventure sports is as much about mental achievements as it is about physical thrills. Trust and understanding of equipment is a major ‘Do’ which will help in climbing and can avoid a mis-hap. The idea is to climb enthusiastically & complement it with complete safety and care. Nobody and nobody can pressurize you to climb a rock or a mountain except the mountain itself. (It’s an addiction- difficult to fight!!!)Continue Reading »
On my first day in Leh, I fancied I detected a strain of worry in Pankaj Lagwal, our guide for the trip. Taxed with it, he smiled but admitted it: “I’ve been here for two weeks now, and look at the mountain constantly. Only on two days have I been able to see the peak.” We raced up to the terrace of the hotel Kang-Lha-Chen, and brought out the binoculars. As he’d said, the peak yonder was veiled, shrouded in cloud and rain. We could see why he was worried—what was a pretty sight here was probably a fairly vicious storm up there. Stok Kangri was having a right royal snit.Continue Reading »
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