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Intro to mountain-climbing

lAfter a gap of two years, Bally Bhagirathi, a mountaineering club of Bally, resumed its four-day introductory mountaineering course. In January this year, a team of 17 trainees, went for training to Mathaguru in Purulia. For those who have no idea about mountaineering, but, nurture an interest in the sport, this course provides the best insight.

“Mathaguru is a beautiful place and provides the perfect terrain for mountaineering training with a mix of forest and mountain. But we could not go there for the past two years because of Maoist unrest in Purulia,” said Sumit Mukherjee, the general secretary of Bally Bhagirathi.

The four-day training course includes an introduction to rock climbing, rope-up climbing using ropes and other equipment, climbing down quickly with people or belongings, rescue operations and river crossing, map reading, first aid and a whole lot of theoretical classes. “Four days is not enough to learn mountaineering, but it helps the youngsters to find out if they are cut out for this adventure sport,” said Mukherjee.

On February 3, the trainees were given certificates at a ceremony held at Bally Sadharan Granthagar.