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Adventure season starts

Guwahati, March 14: Assam Mountaineering Association is going to kick-off a series of adventure-oriented programmes this month as well as in April to encourage and promote trekking and mountaineering among the younger generation.

The programme will start with a daylong Nilu Talukdar All-Assam Rocket Climbing championship at Rohini Kumar Bhuyan Rock Field here on Sunday. Climbers from across the state will be eligible for the meet.

It will be followed by a six-day trek for 20 young adventurists, selected from an AMA training organised for about 100 children in December last year, to the Himalayas from March 26.

The children will reach Sandakphu which will be a test of their physical endurance and determination.

The programme further includes a weeklong trek for the veteran mountaineers in the age group of above 50 years to the Sangalila valley in the Sikkim Himalayas from March 25.

In April, a group of 20 young mountaineers, who have succeeded in the annual local rock-climbing training programme last year and the All Assam Rock Climbing Camp early this year, will be sent on a six-day high-altitude trekking to the Arunachal Himalayas. Leaving from here on April 12, the team will trek from Dirang and reach Baisakhi after crossing Sela.

Flag-off: In a similar initiative, a team of mountaineers from the Assam Rock and Sport Climbing Association will be flagged off by governor J.B. Patnaik from Raj Bhavan here tomorrow.

The team will go on a high- altitude trekking expedition to Sandakphu in Darjeeling Himalayas and to Mt Gorichen base camp in the Arunachal Himalayas.

Special camp: A special chess coaching camp got under way at P C Borooah Chess Academy here today with 15 students from different schools of the city participating in the camp.

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