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14-Day Trek Leaders’ Course For Local Youth, Back On Track At Hanifl

19 Feb 14-Day Trek Leaders’ Course For Local Youth, Back On Track At Hanifl

Trek Leader's Course

Trek Leader’s Course

Hanifl Centre Is Proud To Announce Its Third Trek Leader Course

Once again, the course has attracted young, potential trek leaders – 17 participants (2 women and 15 men)  from remote areas of Uttarakhand, Spiti (Himachal), Mumbai (Maharashtra) and even Nepal. The course is subsidized by Hanifl Centre and is aimed at creating livelihood opportunities for these young men and women. This is a unique course because it is being taught in Hindi and all participants are from rural areas. 

Participants will spend four days at the Hanifl Centre learning the ropes so to speak – brushing up on essential outdoor living skills, wilderness first aid, rope use, knots, climbing, rappelling and anchors.  On February 23rd  they will trek  from the Hanifl Centre – Kolti–Kanda- Thatyur – Deolsari – Luntsu ridge – and down the other side to Chinayali Saur. Time in the field will be spent honing their new skills and learning about natural and human history of the area, hygiene and etiquette when dealing with clients, Leave No Trace Ethics®, expedition behaviour, leadership and group dynamics.

Curriculum covers  safety, judgement and decision-making, recognising and assessing  capabilities and comfort levels of potential clients; essentially learning to lead.

The course is being taught by Akshay Shah and Gaurav Gangola of Ranikhet supported by our very own Andrew Hepworth and Rebecca Peacock (Bex). Akshay and Gaurav have more than a decade of leading trips in the outdoors and have been associated with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in various capacities. Akshay is an avid photographer, naturalist and deeply involved with NGO work at Nainital and Ranikhet. Gaurav is a NOLS instructor who has worked courses in the Himalaya, North Cascades, Rocky Mountains and the Talkeetna range in Alaska. Andrew has a wealth of knowledge and experience with climbing and trekking in South Africa, Scandinavia and Britain. Bex is an intern with the Hanifl Centre , carrying out her professional placement in Outdoor Ed at masters level with the University of Edinburgh.

Please join us in making the participants and guest instructors feel at home in our Woodstock community.

  • Bill Kinzie
    Posted at 17:31h, 22 February Reply

    This is a fine idea! Is there a certification program where enterprising people with ability can ratify themselves.. Or is this occupation still a word of mouth one?

    • Lalitha Krishnan
      Posted at 05:35h, 24 February Reply

      Hello Bill,
      Your comment on the blog was forwarded to me from the communications office.
      In India, the only certification programs are in mountaineering (basic and advance courses). The course that we are offering is a “one of its kind” that covers some hard skills (knots, anchors, rappelling, first aid etc) and soft skills of teamwork and leadership, leave no trace ethics, natural history , human history etc… Our aim is to equip young men and women from the “road head” villages and areas with a skill and enable them to earn a decent livelihood.
      With regards,

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