KB 9 Adventure and Success


apr 2009

a h u m a n r e s o u r c e n e w s l e t t e r

highlights of this issue - Milind Bhide on fastidious decisions while braving Mt. Stok Kangri, Ladakh - Rukkini Sen on the art of bringing positivity, happiness and success to life - Niket Karajagi sees the merits of young talent in today’s corporate industry

industry champion

the editor’s column

Milind Bhide

Aswe enter the new financial year withhopes andwishes of prosperity,we look at what changeswemay need to bring to our old modes of thought and practise.Itmay be scalingnewheightswemay have never persevered toward,thinking onour feet and acting spontaneously or bringing out the finer sides of our personality through cruder shades of experience. TheNewYear brings uncertainty,however it brings opportunity.While Rukkini Sen implores us tomove aheadwith this positivity throughpart II of her article on Breaking Barriers,our industry championhelps us understand just how to brave daunting decisions and tasks ahead of us. And,who better canwe carrywithus tomake a promising future but the young energetic talent around us says Niket Karajagi.

MT. STOK KANGRI – A CHALLENGING YET STIMULATING EXPERIENCE! of Countryside Outdoor Programmes Pvt. Ltd. has been running his adventure travel company very successfully for the last 15 years. His passion has always been trekking in the Himalayas. Milind Bhide, Director

Some decisions are hard to make. I have led many groups for treks in the Himalayan range. Here was I, on one such trip – standing at an altitude of 19,000 ft.,in Ladakh facing a tough choice. What draws amateurs to Ladakh is that while the climb to the peak at 20,100 ft is challenging, no technical climbing skills are required. So, for those who want to go that extra mile, this is the perfect pay-off without getting into serious mountaineer- ing.The trip I would like to recount was with a small group of trekkers who aspired to climb Mt.Stok Kangri in Ladakh. The first four days of the trek were simple enough.It is necessary to acclimatize if you are attempting anything higher that 10,000 ft and hence we progressed slowly to the base. At night,with the aid of our headlamps,we started for the summit. The weather was biting cold and the progress was slow. By day break, we came to a glacier which separated us from the final climb to the summit. It was an enthralling prospect, and the mountaineer in me was straining for it. The going was tough and when we just had the last 200 odd meters to gain, the clients declared that they did not wish to continue! I grappled with the situation – the clients needed to be escorted off and that was my first responsibility.I could not ask them to wait on the ridge while I made the summit climb.Aquick decision had to bemade.With a lot of disappointment I turnedmy back to the summit and headed down... To miss the summit means a lot to mountaineers. It is a dream involving preparation, planning and endurance at high risk.The irony is that we do not do it for gain or fame, but for a classic reason: because it's there.Yet, it calls for a positive attitude, humility and total acceptance. There is an immense satisfaction in doing things without a

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purpose. Where there are no expectations,there are no disappointments. So, I stopped regretting my decision.

There is always a second chance!

We returned to Leh. However, as I was well conditioned and the weather was fine, I decided not to excuse myself and try again.Two days later,here I was on the summit!

Earlier, I had to make the tough decision of turning back from the summit, putting my duty as a guide above my personal ambition. As I stood, there was contentment,stillness of mind and the greatest joy that I have ever experienced.

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