For Indore lad Aditya Kulkarni, the thrill and sense of accomplishment that comes from summiting is worth taking to the next level.
After successfully scaling a 6,059-metre tall mountain during an expedition organised by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) Alpine Mountaineering Leadership Training Programme - Climbathon 2015, the 21-year-old is all set to test his mettle on the highest mountain in the world.
Kulkarni, a final year mechanical student at Indore Institute of Science and Technology, was part of a 10-member crew, including three instructors and seven climbers, selected by the IMF from 30 applicants. Climbathon 2015 was held between August 4 and 27 at Bara Shigri Glacier in Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.
“The IMF set a minimum criterion for selecting candidates. As per this, candidates needed to qualify a basic and advanced course in mountaineering. Since I had already qualified both the courses in 2012 and 2014, respectively, the IMF picked me for the expedition,” Kulkarni said.
The shortlisted 30 candidates were then divided into five groups with three instructors in each group and began the expedition on August 4. After successfully climbing Gunther Cole Peak, which is about 5,800 metres above sea level, Kulkarni’s team went on to summit the unnamed peak.
What does the young mountaineer have to say to others looking to take up climbing? “Every mountaineer needs to be mentally and physically fit. Irritation, diet loss, memory loss, body fatigue and snow blindness are some of the problems commonly faced by mountaineers. In such cases, only team work helps us overcome such issues,” he said.