Everesters from Himachal Pradesh have united to introduce adventure activities in schools across the state and have decided to seek help from government to promote adventure sports. This was decided during the second annual general body meeting of Himachal Pradesh Everesters Association (HPEA) held in Manali on Sunday.
Over 28 Everesters from different parts of the state participated in the meet and discussed issues regarding disaster management, protection of fragile mountain ecology and introduction of adventure sports in school curriculum. “Veteran mountaineers gave presentation on various expeditions and discussed issues related to mountaineering and other adventure activities,” said Col Prem Chand, president of association.
HPEA general secretary Rajeev Sharma said that four more youths – Khimi Ram, Ashwani Kumar, Rajat and Kami Dawa – all from Himachal, have been selected for an expedition to Mount Everest in 2013. “Another youth, Ajay Sohal, will be part of first ever Everest expedition by Lawrence School, Sanawar, next year” he said.
HPEA members also paid homage to veteran climber and twice Everest summiteers Subedar Amar Parkash, who is recipient of Shaurya Chakra. Homage was also paid to Ran Singh Lohia, senior ski, mountaineering and rescue instructor who was known as father of skiing in Himachal, Kulbhushan Chauhan, ski instructor and Chobe Ram Thakur, mountaineering instructor. All these veterans played an important role in promotion of adventure activities in Himachal and trained thousands of people from across the world.
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