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12 new year resolutions that will make you a better trekker in 2016

Every new year we set ourselves on a self improvement program that is often forgotten a month later. To get over this procrastination and ennui this year we broke down our 2016 trekking resolutions into small monthly chunks. One month, one simple resolution feels like a right sized morsel for a fulfilling trek year ahead. You are welcome to follow these resolutions with us and we reckon that if you do so, you will definitely emerge a better and a more responsible trekker in 2016.

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New year gift ideas for an aspiring trekker in India

With the holiday season upon us and the year 2015 drawing to an end, we invited all our team members to use their expertise and share a small compendium of trekking and hiking gifts. Unlike most shopping lists appearing in newspapers and magazines, all these gift items are available online in India and are practical for any trek. Whether you are looking to treat yourself to a new year gift, or looking to buy one for your friend or family. We are sure you will wind something in this list that fits your budget and is also immensely practical for trekking and hiking.

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Tip #3 – Surviving a lightning storm in the Indian Himalayas

These set of facts and tips are compiled from various websites on the internet. They were then discussed with employees of Indian Meteorological Service, New Delhi to validate their correctness. The purpose of this article is to educate a trekker about the dangers of a lightning storm in the Himalayas. Nevertheless, these tips and facts will not help you avoid a thunder storm or escape a lightning strike unscathed. Remember that theory needs to be tempered with experience to be counted as wisdom.

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Stories of failures, mistakes and lessons learnt while trekking in the Indian Himalayas

In the previous article we discussed the oft overlooked art of orienteering and navigation. In this follow up article we dig deep into our past and introspect on our mistakes and blunders made while trekking in the Indian Himalayas.


Failures, mistakes and lessons learnt while trekking in the Indian Himalayas

We share our mistakes and the lessons that we learnt while trekking in the Indian Himalayas this year. This first article deals with an orienteering faux-pas on a winter trek near Hampta Pass (H.P.)


Stair climbing – the only home / office exercise to remain trek fit this winter

With winter almost upon us, our repertoire of exercises shrivels up to a few choices. In North India winter is often accompanied with fog. This makes cycling or even driving to the gym a dangerous expedition. However, hope is still at hand. There is one simple exercise that will help you maintain your fitness around the year, especially though the lean winter months. This exercise does not require any training equipment, systems, and fad diets which is mostly the result of marketing rather than a genuine effort to reach higher levels of fitness and well-being.

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Understanding hypothermia and avoiding it in the Indian Himalayas

Hypothermia is a real danger while out winter trekking in the Indian Himalayas. In this tutorial we look at precautions every trekker should take to avoid hypothermia. However, if you or your trek mate is hypothermic we also cover strategy to deal with hypothermia.


A trekking stove primer for the Indian Himalayas – Part 3 – Choosing the right stove

Having covered stove fuel in part 1 and the different types of stoves in part 2 we move on to stove usage. There is no one size that fits all when it comes to trekking stoves. Different hikers have different requirements for trekking stoves. In essence, the choice for a stove, boils down (pun intended) to the following factors

  1. Cost
  2. Three vs four season or winter use
  3. Group size
  4. Simmering / Gourmet vs boiling water

In this final post we construe various trekking profiles and shed some light on which stove is suitable for a each trekker profile.


A trekking stove primer for Indian Himalayas – Part 2 Stove Types

After comparing different fuel types in Part 1, we move on to the various kinds of stoves available for trekking. The discussion on fuels (see part 1) was essential, because the type of fuel used often defines the characteristics and performance of a trekking stove. In this second part of this three part series we discuss various stove types, their pros and cons especially applicable to the Indian Himalayas and some stove handling tips.