AIMING HIGH: The Tata Steel Adventure Foundation. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Q: What do members of National Association of the Blind have in common with Tata Steel management trainees?
A: A common passion for adventure.
Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) has started enrolling names for its winter outdoor leadership programme in the Garhwal Himalayas from October 1 to November 30.
Ten entities, including four new ones, have so far registered their names for the programme, while trip-related queries are pouring in.
Groups from CapitalVia, National Association of the Blind, TRL Krosaki Refractories Ltd (Belpahar) and Tata Consultancy Services (Calcutta) are the ones who will participate in the programme for the first time.
The more experienced six comprise Tata Steel management trainees, a group from Tata Steel Processing and Distribution Limited (Calcutta), two teams from Tata Steel Rural Development Society (Joda and Kalinganagar), Tata Bluescope Steel Limited (Pune) and a group from Tata Steel coke ovens unit.
“Each entity will have 40-45 members. Though we have already fixed the dates for the programme, we may have to extend it till December if more entries are confirmed. We are sure more people will join us,” said TSAF secretary P.P. Kapadia.
The TSAF will also incorporate some activities picked up by its manager Hemant Gupta and senior instructor Sandeep Tolia during their recent US stint at National Outdoor Leadership School.
The adventure has already started preparations for the event. “We have selected instructors to conduct the programmes. Instructors will leave for our base camp in Kaflo, Uttarakhand, to keep everything ready for participants. Time slots for groups are being worked out,” Kapadia said.
The scenic Kaflo, 5km from Gangotri towards Sangam Chatti, is beside Assi Ganga river. It falls on the route of the trek to Darwa Top and Surya Top, at altitudes of 13,500ft and 13,000ft above sea level.
The TSAF, which entered into a 15-year lease agreement with the local village committee, has already constructed toilets and living facilities, including kitchen, store and an instructors’ room. An audio-visual space will be built before the programme starts.