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International stars to attend congregation of mountaineers in city

mumbai Updated: May 29, 2011 02:33 IST
HT Correspondent

The tenth edition of the Girimitra Sammelan, the one-of-its-kind annual congregation of mountaineers, will be held in the city on July 16-17 at Shree Shanmukhananda Chandrshekharendra Sarswathi Auditorium at Matunga.

Mark Inglis from New Zealand, the only double amputee to have scaled Mount Everest, will speak at the event as the chief guest.

Since achieving the feat, Inglis has established himself as a speaker of repute for motivational talks and he tours the world speaking to leaders from diverse fields.

Nepalese mountaineer Apa Sherpa, who has scaled Mount Everest a record 21 times will also be a guest speaker.

His talk will help attendees know more about consistency at higher altitudes, the persistence required each time and focus.

Historian Babasaheb Purandare will speak on the Maratha warrior king Shivaji and his 350-odd forts in Maharashtra.

Environmental expert Madhav Gadgil has agreed to speak about the sensitive ecology of the Sahyadri mountain range and how it stands to lose because of human excesses.

Banker-turned-cave explorer Brian Dale from Meghalaya will also speak at the event on his research on caves.

“This Girmitra Sammelan is special for all of us as we will be completing 10 successful years of organising the meet. The sport’s future and charting out strategies will be the theme for this year’s convention,” said Ravindra Lad, the organiser of the congregation.

To book tickets for the tenth edition of the Girimitra Sammelan online, visit or contact 9987777349 / 9920109609.