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Weekly Trekking Tales #26


Photokina 2016

Photokina 2016 concluded in Cologne, Germany this week. 2016 has been an year of Action Camera announcements. All camera manufactueres want a piece of the action cam market pie. GoPro with their Hero 5 and Karma drone, Nikon with Keymission, Rollei with its Actioncam and many more.

 Some action cams announced at this year's Photokina.
Some action cams announced at this year’s Photokina.

Here’s a compilation of whats been announced. We have been kind of enamoured with GoPro’s Karma drone.

If you cant wait for these new cameras or are looking for a good deal on previous models then we recommend you out the GoPro Hero Session 4. It is the smallest and lightest Go Pro and it is available on Amazon India

Intrepid explorers

 © Rijul Gill
© Rijul Gill

Our favorite inrepid explorers Siddharth, Vikram, Rijul Gill, Sanju & Sathya have been on the trail to find the elusive Tantgiri pass. Anyone who has any information about this pass, please leave a comment on Sathya’s blog.

Humbled by the 4988 meters high MANALI Pass ( TANTGIRI Pass ) of DHAULADHAR Range leading from MANALI to BADA BHANGAL ( BAIJNATH, KANGRA ) . A trail that virtually exists on the maps and survey of India topo sheets but practically a pass that is not feasible . Inhospitable terrain coupled with totally wrong information available across web and other print mediums , huge ice walls , crevassed glacier , lateral traverse on re entrants where venturing would mean inviting trouble made this crossing impossible.

Tasty Trail Meal

Andrew Skurka comes up with an excellent trail recipe. Loaded with calories and taste goodness. All ingradients can be found in local supermarkets and online.

Intense nay Insane Training

A series of mountaineering videos from Discovery Canada entitled Unclimbed: Reaching the Summit today continues with episode 3. Some may call this training regime intense, others may think it borders on insanity but as they say ‘It’s better to sweat than to bleed’. In this case better to freeze than to umm, freeze.


Outdoor Research (OR) rebutts GQ’s sexist photo shoot

GQ recently antagonized a lot of climbers by taking only men on a feature photo shoot where women served as mere bolsters or ‘props’ if you will. Outdoor research landed a witty rebuttal when they replaced men with women climbers. Take that sexism! For more, visit GQ and Outdoor Research.

Global Warming

If you’re not concerned about Global warming then you should be. 

The sacred Ganges River, essential to northern Indian life and source of much of Hindu religious practice, flows from a broad region in the Indian and Nepal Himalaya. The major stem of “Ganga” is the Bhagirathi River, which emerges as a large mountain stream from beneath the 28.5 km long Gangotri Glacier in the state of Uttarakhand, India, north of New Delhi. The glacier has been retreating for more than a century, recently at slightly more slowly than before, but still at a rate of 18 meters per year.

Other dedicated photographers with strong scientific backgrounds are also adding to our knowledge of how glaciers are changing, including mountaineer and filmmaker David Breashears and Jim Balog whose film about his glacier time-lapse imagery, “Chasing Ice” has been released. 

XKCD recently did a superb comic on this topic.

Help in Sahyadris / Western Ghats

 TrekMate app on Android
TrekMate app on Android

Although we would prefer you didnt get into trouble in the first place. Nevertheless, if you do help is at hand. A Pune-based NGO has launched an android-based app Trek Mate and a helpline, Mountaineers Rescue Coordination Centre (MMRCC), specifically for rookie or adventurous trekkers who may get lost or hurt themselves in the treacherous, mishap-prone terrain of the Sahyadris. App can be downloaded from Google Play Store.

Check out our Sahyadri / Western Ghat treks.

Decathlon store at Huda City Centre, Gurgaon

In case you didnt know Decathlon has a store at Huda City Centre (on Yellow Metro Line), Gurgaon. View In Google Maps.

 Photo by our reader. © Veer Karan Rana
Photo by our reader. © Veer Karan Rana

Address: Decathlon Sports India, First Floor, Huda City Centre Metro station, Metropark, Sector 29 , Gurgaon – 122007, Haryana. 

Phone number: 9999869464. 

Hours of Operation Monday : 08:00 AM — 10:00 PM | Tuesday – Sunday : 09:00 AM — 10:00 PM

Natgeo Photographer of the Year 2016

Natgeo is looking for photos that showcase the awe-inspiring and diverse natural world around us. That could be a powerful wildlife shot, a stunning landscape, or a look at a complicated environmental issue—whatever nature means to you. You have until November 4 to submit your photos. More details.

Trekking Gear Deals – Swiss Army Knife

Avaialble on Amazon India at 40% off.

Trekking Gear Deals – Fleece

Rs. 400 off on Forclaz 500 Fleece Jacket at Decathlon India . Because winter is coming!

Cover Image. Glaciers near Batal (H.P.) © Bharat Singh Bhadwal

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