WOMEN’S ROCK CLIMBING IN INDIA

Blog By : Riya Rathore

Governed by International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC), a world body for climbing competitions, the World Cup championships are held annually in three disciplines — lead, speed and bouldering. The current edition in bouldering is hosted by Indian Mountaineering Found-ation (IMF) and organised by Girivihar, a Navi Mumbai-based mountaineering club formed in 1954. In recent times, climbing has come into focus after being introduced as a new sport in the Asian Games 2018. It’s also shortlisted to feature in the 2020 Olympics. Bouldering is a relatively new form of rock climbing, which involves the art of climbing small blocks of rock (boulders), usually without a rope for protection. The specialised climbers, also known as boulderers, try challenging moves to solve difficult boulder problems close to the ground. “The athletes need to showcase power and technique to climb a maximum height of four metres. They can fall back on mattresses,” says Abhijit Burman, vice president of the World Cup committee.Pandit Nain Singh Surveyor Mountaineering Training Institute (PNSMTI) is a newly established mountaineering institute in Uttarakhand State.

The Institute is situated in a very picturesque hill station at an altitude of 2200 mt in Munsiyari of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The proposal to have a mountaineering Institute at Uttarkashi was mooted by the Ministry of Defence, Government of India and the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 1964. Uttarkashi was specially selected as the home of NIM, primarily because of its close proximity to the Gangotri region in western garhwal, which undoubtedly has the best climbing and training potential in India and perhaps in the world. Perched beautifully on the turtle back hill across the east bank of river Bhagirathi. An Indian woman who lost her leg after she was thrown from a moving train two years ago has become the first female amputee to climb Everest Arunima Sinha, 26, from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, reached the peak on Ang Tshering Sherpa, founder of Asian Trekking, the company that organised the expedition, told the AFP news agency. Sinha’s guides were concerned about her slow pace until the team reached an 28,707 foot junction that climbers pass through on their way to the top of the mountain, Ang Tshering Sherpa said.Two years ago, the former national-level volleyball player was shoved from a moving train by thieves when she reportedly attempted to fight them off as they tried to stealing her purse.

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