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Giripremi's Basic Rock Climbing and Adventure Courses 2014 - a Success!

More than 70 participants were a part of Giripremi's Adventure and Basic Rock climbing Courses organized at Sinhagad this Diwali between 26th October - 1st November. Students, corporates and people from different field joined these courses, which was an interesting chance for them to interact with some of the best people in the field of rock climbing and try a hand at the sport.

The Aavhan Adventure Camp was a residential camp held between 26th - 29th October. Designed specially for school going students between 10-16, this program aims to 'catch them young' and involve them in the outdoors. After acquainting the kids with the information necessary for conducting themselves in the mountains, they were taught the basic skills of rock climbing. They amused and exhausted themselves on the number of rock patches available for them for practice! There was a spirit of happiness and excitement all through the camp as the lot pitched tents, tried a hand at cooking and even traced the fort on a map.. On the last evening the kids took to the stage and entertained their friends and instructors with their talents. They left with a whole lot of new friends, learnings and experiences at the end of the camp all geared up for the coming term. And in this process, we fulfilled our aim of promoting the sport among the young lot and making them curious about adventure and sensitive towards the outdoors.

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Next, we welcomed the elder lot for the Basic Rock Climbing Course held between 29th October - 1st November. More than 40 adventure enthusiasts - from students to working professionals were a part of this course. We opted a slightly different schedule to introduce them to the sport of rock climbing and outdoor learning. The group was acquainted with mountain codes and ethics, rock climbing techniques and equipments, first aid and other skills necessary in the mountains. Some of the best rock climbing and mountaineering films wee picked for them to watch and learn the techniques and resolution involved in the sport. The climbing sessions gave them a chance to apply what they had learnt. Enjoying the modest luxuries and discomforts, working and camping as a team and trying a hand at a skill so different from their routine made the course a memorable learning experience for the participants.

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Having initiated another group of adventure enthusiasts in this field, we encourage them to continue practicing and exploring with the right skills and precautions and look forward sharing this experience with still more people.

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Mountaineering is an extreme sport. It's play grounds are far from the civilization. It demands high quality equipment for safety and survival. It's probably the sport which has longest time frame. Generally, an expedition continues for several days and sometime months. All these factors impose a burden off high costs on this sport.

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