Safe Climbing Initiative (SCI)
Just read about the Safe Climbing Initiative (SCI), very basic points, thought it would be nice to share it here too :)
- Trek with people who know the place or carry a detailed map
- Wear proper footwear so that you don't slip on rock faces which can get slippery during the monsoon.
- Deep stream crossing must be undertaken only if one is very sure. They may be deeper and the current may pull you down.
- Do not eat leaves, fruits, flowers, or mushrooms. They could be poisonous.
- Stick together and do not leave anyone behind
- Avoid carrying valuables such as rings, chains and too much money
- Diseases are rampant during the monsoon. Guard against influenza, dysentery, malaria and dengue. Always carry a medical kit with some antibiotics. Do not neglect early symptoms of sickness and consult a doctor.
- Contaminated food and water are a monsoon pitfall. Eat properly cooked food, and wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
- If you have spent the day in pouring rain, take a hot water bath
- Go with a big group of at least 10-12 people.
- A first-aid kit is important
- Undertake some research about the trekking group you go along with, and take valuable inputs from seasoned trekkers who have already been there.
- Inputs in terms of how accessible is the place, if help is available in case of an emergency, distance to the nearest police station or hospital and whether there are wild animals in the area are a must
- Carrying technical equipment such as a rope, a carabiner (a metal loop) and a harness will also be advantageous.
- The leader of the group must be capable of handling situations.
- Revellers must not cross heavy flowing water, where maximum accidents take place
- Do not ignore sign boards warning of danger about fast-flowing water
ABOUT INDIAN MOUNTAINEERS
With climbing being one of the fastest growing recreational sports in India, millions of amateur trekking and climbing enthusiasts are exploring the adrenaline rush of this mentally and physically stimulating sport. Thousand's of certified Mountaineers are graduating from the 4 premium National Mountaineering Institutes in India annually and are exploring the largest and youngest mountain range in the world, standing sentinel across the North of our country.