On 26th Feb 2017, GGIM conducted a High Altitude Workshop for trekkers and budding mountaineers who are aspiring for high altitude challenges of Himalaya, Seven Summits etc. The workshop was divided in three parts.
Senior surgeon and mountaineer Dr. Raghunath Godbole discussed the physiological challenges and medical precautions to be taken at high altitude. Giripremi’s Ganesh More, who climbed Mt. Everest in 2013, discussed the scientific and methodical ways of training for such treks. In the last session, Bhushan Harshe, who also summitted Mt. Everest in 2013 along with Ganesh More, talked about the preparations of essential items for trekking.
The workshop was attended by more than 120 participants. They learnt topics like understanding the phenomena of acclimatization, medicines and treatment to be taken for situations like AMS, HACE, HAPE etc. Ganesh briefed about various training plans from beginner level to advance levels and how one can benefit from them when practiced under proper guidance.
Most of the beginner trekkers are confused or misguided about the proper equipment/clothing/ accessories for treks and expedition. Bhushan’s detailed presentation guided the participants from buying shoes, rucksack and clothing to scientific ways to pack them well inside the rucksack.
To conclude, the quick and compact workshop surely created certain level of awareness among these enthusiastic trekkers who wish to climb higher heights in coming summers!