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Before you start – Some important information you should know

Postings made by forum users are personal opinions of the users. Indian Mountaineers  isn’t responsible for the content or accuracy of any of the information contained in forum postings. Please carefully consider any advice you receive.

All postings made on the Indian Mountaineers discussion forums (including private messages) are property of Indian Mountaineers. Please refer to our terms of use for more information. We reserve the right to remove entirely at our discretion any contribution you post.

Our forums are linked to our membership database, so we can recognize Indian Mountaineers' members. If you’re an Indian Mountaineers' member, please remember breaches of our forum rules could lead to the locking of your forum account and in the case of a breach of our Code of Conduct, even disciplinary action. 

If you don’t follow our rules, and are given up to three formal warnings by our moderating team, you’ll be banned from using our forums. Severe breaches may result in an instant ban.

Our moderators’ interpretation of the rules is final. If they believe you’ve broken them, they’ll contact you by e-mail.


If you’re not sure whether your message is appropriate, please ask the Web team before posting it.

If we update our forum rules, we may post a news item on our website to update you. It’s up to you to make sure you’ve read any changes to our rules.  

The forum rules must be complied with in spirit as well as to the letter.

If you don’t agree to abide by our rules, you must not use our forums.


General Rules

  • The forums are for professional discussions about Mountaineering and related topics. Make sure that your posting is appropriate and relevant. If your topic or posting deviates from these topics, or strays significantly from the original question, it may be locked or hidden. This is at the moderators’ discretion. Your posting must be accurate (where it states facts), truthful and be genuinely held (where is states opinions).


  • You mustn’t antagonize other users or post any information that could be considered defamatory, obscene, abusive, offensive, inflammatory, unlawful or creates a risk to a person’s safety or health


  • You mustn’t indulge in bullying, aggressive, discriminatory or nuisance behavior. Please be respectful towards other guests, Indian Mountaineers members, moderators and staff. Please remember, our forums are used by guests who might not have a background in Mountaineering. Inappropriate postings made towards guests aren’t tolerated. Members shall not behave in a way which may be considered inappropriate to other members or staff of the Institution.


  • The forums shouldn’t be used to post, exchange or download material protected by copyright law, unless you have permission from the copyright owner. You must fully reference any extracts from copyrighted material. If you breach copyright laws you must indemnify (pay) Indian Mountaineers for any loss we suffer as a result. We reserve the right to remove any unreferenced copyrighted material. You may be held liable for the content you post.


  • You mustn’t use the forums for:
  1. Commercial purposes (including the advertising of jobs, goods and services)
  2. Posting spam, surveys, contests or chain letters
  3. Promoting causes or campaigns


  • All spam postings are removed from our forums. If you post spam, your access to our forums will be removed without notice.


  • If you’re offering employment opportunities, you should make direct contact with the person who’s seeking work by sending them a private message. If you’re seeking work, your topic will be locked to ensure responses are sent directly to you by private message. If you’re a course provider or product/service supplier, you can give basic contact details in response to a request for information about specific courses or products.


  • Please respect individuals. You mustn’t use the forums to make complaints against any individual or organization.


  • If you want to discuss internal Indian Mountaineers business matters, e.g. membership and policy issues, you should raise them in the Suggestion Box category in the Indian Mountaineers Members’ Forum.


  • Make sure that you use the right category for your question or comment. If you post an appropriate message on an inappropriate forum, we may move the message to the relevant forum and let you know by email.


  • Remember that our forums are used worldwide. When you respond to a question, take into account legislation, cultural differences and language (e.g. English may not be the first language of other forum users). Humor often doesn’t translate across cultural boundaries and its use may not be appropriate.


  • Forum users are allowed one forum account only. If you attempt to use multiple logins to disrupt the forums or annoy other users, we’ll remove your access to our forums without notice.


  • Your forum account will be locked if your screen name: 
  1. contains a website or email address
  2. contains the name of a company or an organization.
  3. contains contact information (e.g. a phone number or postcode)
  4. appears to impersonate someone else
  5. contains swear words or is otherwise objectionable
  6. is deemed inappropriate by Indian Mountaineers.


Private Messaging

Private messages are subject to the same conditions as forum postings, e.g. private messages should not be defamatory, obscene, abusive or unlawful.

Forum users should report any unsuitable messages by emailing the Web team. Please don’t use the forums to complain about private messages.

If you send any unsuitable private messages we reserve the right to temporarily lock your account while we investigate. In extreme circumstances (e.g. harassment), this may involve logging into your account to check your messages. If you’re an Indian Mountaineers member you must comply with the rules mentioned on this page.


Search engines and email addresses

Our public forums are accessible to everyone and are ‘crawled’ by search engines, such as Google and Yahoo, on a daily basis. This means anything you post on one of our public forums could be indexed by a search engine and returned in search engine results. Indian Mountaineers accepts no responsibility if your posting is returned in search engine results.

Your email address is not visible to other forum users. To contact another user outside of the forums, you should use our private messaging service. If you disclose your email address in a forum posting or private message, you do so at your own risk. We don’t accept responsibility if something goes wrong.

Indian Mountaineers staff and moderators are able to view your email address. We won’t publish or provide your email address to anyone, unless legally requested, e.g. by the police. If we need to contact you about the discussion forums (e.g. administration or moderation purposes), we’ll send an email to you.



You remain solely liable for any material you publish, display or transmit on the Indian Mountaineers website. You agree to indemnify (pay) Indian Mountaineers and its officers and employees against any claim, liability, cost, damage, other expenses or loss we may incur (including without limitation legal fees) as a result of any material you publish, display or transmit on the Indian Mountaineers website or any violation by you of your obligations under these forum rules. Indian Mountaineers expressly excludes liability for any loss or damage resulting from the use of the website by any person in contravention of these forum rules. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to promptly remove, or to disable access to, any material which we think is potentially defamatory of any person, unlawful or in violation of the any third party rights or any other part of these rules.






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