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Weekly Trekking Tales #28

What is the right way to backpack? Backpackers should have gear, supplies, and skills that are appropriate for their trip objective and the conditions. Period.

— Andrew Skurka

Sopona Lake & Manirang

Sopona Lake is an excellent place to view Manirang. Manirang is one of the highest mountains in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It lies on the border between Kinnaur district and Lahaul and Spiti district. Close to the peak is the high Manirang pass, which was one of the early trade routes between Spiti and Kinnaur, before the motorable road was built. More.

‘You look like a foreigner. Where is your permit?’, the police asked Kaivan who is a Parsi and fair-complexioned. When other explanations failed, Kaivan tried the tested method. He called the senior policeman aside. ‘I can tell you ten typical Bombay jokes, in Hindi, or ten Bombay bad words which only a true Indian would know’. He was waved on with laughter.

Read Harish Kapadia’s excellent piece on Manirang in The Himalayan Journal.

Mirror Wall

Mirror Wall documents the latest expedition from world class climber Leo Houlding and his team as they take on the imposing Mirror Wall, a 1200m vertical tower in the polar mountains of Greenland.

Pakhui Tiger Reserve

Read about Tana Tapi’s enormous task of protecting 862 square kilometres of mostly inaccessible and difficult eastern Himalayan wilderness. Pakke or Pakhui Tiger Reserve is a Project Tiger reserve in the East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern India. More.

Kudos Patagonia

Patagonia gave 100% of its global sales from its retail stores and on Black Friday (November 25) to support grassroots environmental organizations.

“We wanted to do something on Black Friday to make a big statement, to fund grass-roots activism and engagement. We shouldn’t let anyone of any political stripe destroy our planet.” ~ Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario

Scary or stunning?

Alpinist David Lama Attempts the Unclimbed SE-Ridge of Annapurna III

Everest summit faking couple suspended

Himalayan Times reports that the Indian couple (Dinesh and Tarkeshwari Rathod) who faked their Everest ascent have been suspended from Maharashtra State Police. Earlier, Nepal government cancelled their climbing certificates for 10 years. A police inquiry in Pune in India’s Maharashtra state found their claim was false, the Press Trust of India news agency quoted Deputy Police Commissioner Arvind Chavriya as saying Thursday. He said they will remain suspended until the inquiry determines whether they should be fired.

Never heard of Denis Urubko? Well not anymore

Denis Urubko is one of the strongest Himalayan alpinists of all times: he climbed all 8000-meter peaks without oxygen bottles, opening alpine style new routes on Broad Peak, Manaslu, Cho Oyu and Lhotse. He also made Makalu and Gasherbrum II first winter ascents. Denis’ story is unique and incredible, his life is a great adventure

Trekking Gear Deals – Petzl Tikkina Headlamp

Excellent price for Petzl Tikkina Headlamp on Amazon India.

Why Petzl Tikkina?

  • Bright at 80 Lumens
  • Lightweight at 85g
  • Affordable at Rs. 1680 (27–11–2016)
  • Petzl brand

Trekking Gear Deals – Gerber Bear Grylls Paracord Fixed Blade Knife

Rs. 3650 on Flipkart and Rs. 3750 on Amazon India (27–11–2016)

Why Grylls Paracord?

  • Robust with full tang construction 
  • Lightweight at 170 grams
  • Comes with inbuilt 4 feet paracord
  • Better control with thumb rest on spine

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