Ch – 9 Up You Go

  • Brigadier Gyan Singh was the course director.
  • Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is situated in Uttarkashi.
  • The responsibilities of a group leader are:
    • Help others in carrying their bags.
    • Let the group go ahead and keep to the last.
    • Help those who cannot climb properly.
    • Find a good place to stop and rest.
    • Look after those who are not well.
    • Arrange food for the group.
  • Vitamin C, Iron tablets and hot chocolate milk were taken in breakfast to get strength and to keep body warm.
  • Some of the mountaineering equipment is sling, pitons, hunter shoes, sleeping bags, etc.
  • To cross the river, a thick rope was tied across the river, from one bank to the other. And the ropes were tightly fixed at pegs or pitons.
  • Ropes and slings were used to carry persons across the river.
  • The rucksacks of rock climbers are filled with food packets, water bottle, rope, hook, plastic sheets, diary, torch, towel, soap, windcheater, whistle, glucose, jiggery, chana, and some other snacks.
  • While rock climbing, one should not bend, keep our back straight and keep the body at 90 degree.
  • While climbing down the mountain, one has to lower oneself with a rope coiled around the body from a mountainside, this is known as ‘rapling’.
  • Bachhendri Pal became the first Indian woman and fifth woman in the world to reach Mount Everest.
  • Bachhendri grew up in Nakuri village in the Garhwal area of Uttarakhand.
  • Later, she joined Nehru Institute of Mountaineering where Brigadier Gyan Singh was her guide.
  • In 1984, she was selected as a team member to climb the Mount Everest.
  • It was seven minutes past one o’clock in the afternoon of 23th May when Bachhendri Pal stepped onto the peak of 8900 metre high Mount Everest also called Sagarmatha in Nepal.
  • She also had one team member with her.
  • She spent 43 minutes on the peak.

Published by Priya Prakash

In the midst of winter, i found there was within me an invincible summer ~ Albert Camus

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