Girimitra Sammelan 2011
This year’s Sammelan, being the 10th edition, was celebrated with grandeur at the Shanmukhanand Hall at King’s Circle on Sunday 17th July. More than 2000 participants were able to witness high profile international guests like Mark Inglis from New Zealand (The First Double Amputee to climb Everest) and APA Sherpa (He has summitted Everest 21 times since 1990). Also felicitated was the Great Historian Icon, Babasaheb Purandare who was interviewed by Sudhir Gadgil. Also present was the “Caveman” Brian Daly from Meghalaya who gave an interesting talk on over 1200 natural caves discovered there.
A Sports climbing wall, erected by Podar Hikers in the premises of R A Podar College, Matunga and managed by Girivihar, was inagurated by Apa Sherpa on 16th July morning. Audio-visual talks were held at the Maharashtra Seva Sangh, Mulund in the evening which saw lively participation by Brian Daly, Apa Sherpa and his agency principals (Ang Tsering Sherpa and Dawa Steven Sherpa of the Asian Trekking Agency – the same agency to have hosted the 1998 Everest Expedition led by Hrishikesh Yadav). They gave a good insight on the Eco-Everest venture in which efforts are being made to clean up junk on Everest.
Our past president Mr Mahesh Desai was honoured with the “Life Time Achievement” award. Ms Neeta Bhoir and Mr Vijay Athavale were among the “Girimitra Giryarohak” awardees. Giri Vihar’s expedition to Miyar Nala was adjudged as the best effort in the Himalaya. The media, press as well as electronic, covered this mega event in detail including screening of a Half hour programme on APA Sherpa and Mark Inglis, A one hour LIVE discussion among awardees and representatives of prominent clubs in Maharashtra. Besides the award winning films were screened on a Marathi TV channel.