|Adventure junkies take part in TSAF’s winter programme
in Dimna last year. Telegraph picture
Winter seems to have set in really early this year for Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF).
The foundation has already been swamped with a record number of entries for its local winter programme, which will start on October 16 and continue till mid-December.
Over 1,100 adventure junkies, representing 33-odd groups, have enrolled for the thrilling stints at Tumung and Dimna Lake.
“We have our hands full. The response has been overwhelming,” said TSAF secretary P.P. Kapadia. Last winter, as many as 26 groups had participated.
After the monsoon programme, which came to an end on Monday, activities of the foundation will remain suspended for a fortnight before resuming on October 16.
TSAF usually starts its winter programme around mid-December. “But this time, we decided to continue with it,” Kapadia added.
While Tumung, some 25km from Jamshedpur, is earmarked for rock climbing, abseiling, caving and Tarzan swing, Dimna will host rafting, canoeing and raft-making. All participants will spend three days in Tumung, while they will remain anchored in Dimna for the next two days.
In a bid to conduct the local winter programme, TSAF has also roped in five instructors from Uttarkashi. “We needed hands and had to bring instructors from Uttarkhand. They are trained coaches and had earlier helped us conduct our outstation programmes,” the TSAF secretary said.
The groups, that have enrolled for the local stint, include Durgapur Steel Plant, Tata Steel Rural Development Society, Bokaro Steel Plant, Xavier Institute of Management-Bhubaneswar, Liuguong, Belpahar English School, Rourkela Steel Plant, Tata Steel and one comprising middle-level executives of Steel Authority of India Limited.
Of these, only Liuguong is a foreign firm. It is a Chinese company that manufactures earthmovers.