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Weekly Trekking Tales #31

Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.

— Carrie Latet

Keeping fit this winter

The Clymb gives us the top 5 exercises to prepare for a snow run. Our top tip – this exercise combines everything in one explosive workout.


Mount Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, and rises approximately 4,900 m (16,000 ft) from its base to 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level. Explore this mountain with some beautiful aerial imagery.

Deuter Futura Vario backpack review

The Girl Outdoor reviews Deuter’s Futura Vario backpack and finds it to be the perfect size for longer adventures, gap year and sabbatical travels. You can find one at Amazon India.

What hiking teaches you

The greatest takeaway from the journey was that not all stories are going to end the way you want, that there are things in life that you cannot control—and that’s okay.

More at REI blog.


2017 Adventurers of the Year

National Geographic has announced 2017 Adventurers of the Year . This year’s winners include Mira Rai, a Nepalese trail runner. As we had covered, the last year’s people choice award went to Pasang Lhamu Sherpa who also became the first female mountaineering instructor in Nepal.

Binge watching anyone?

Vimeo releases its top videos for 2016. Did you know China has immense skiing potential? Well, you do now. It is the best way to spend a lazy weekend.

Ed Viesturs

Edmund Viesturs is a high-altitude mountaineer and corporate speaker. He is the only American to have climbed all 14 of the world’s eight-thousander mountain peaks, and the fifth person to do so without using supplemental oxygen. He also happens to be the person who coined  

Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.

Pursuing a Speed Record on one of the world’s highest, most difficult treks

Read how a group of ultrarunners and Bhutanese guides persevered—through raging storms, dizzying altitude, and health perils—to make history on Bhutan’s 300 kilometre Snowman Trail.

Recommended Book – Himalaya: The Exploration and Conquest of the Greatest Mountains On Earth

Himalaya examines the geographical origins of the region, its earliest peoples and the onward western discovery and exploration commencing with the Jesuits, progressing through myriad nineteenth century gentlemen surveyors, culminating in Edmund Hilary and Tensing Norgay’s ascent of Everest in 1953 and continuing to the present day with extreme mountaineers and adventure tourists. However the book does not solely deal with the attempts to summit the majestic Everest. Its broader brief, and chronological structure, allows the inclusion of narrative and journal extracts from the equally heroic pioneering ascents of Himalayan peaks including K2 (1954), Nanga Parbat (1953), Annapurna (1950), Kangchenjunga (1955), and Lhotse (1956) as well as subsequent new frontiers, peaks, routes and mountaineering techniques.

Buy the hardcover on Amazon India | Flipkart (₹722 – 849)

Black Diamond Spot headlamp review

Andrew Skurka reviews the Black Diamond Spot headlamp and finds it to be bright, lightweight, versatile, and reasonably priced. Also available on Amazon India.

Last but not the least – climate change is real

Yesterday, University of Toronto had a “guerrilla archiving” event for climate change data. If you feel that is a little paranoid it does help to remember that –

Donald Trump’s transition team has issued a list of 74 questions for the Energy Department, asking agency officials to identify which employees and contractors have worked on forging an international climate pact as well as domestic efforts to cut the nation’s carbon output.

 Read more.

Cover Image – Looking over Nako lake © Bharat Singh Bhadwal. All rights reserved


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