Franco Linhares received lifetime Achievement award at girimitra sammelan 13th July 2019



Franco Linhares
Franco Linhares received lifetime achievement award at girimitra sammelan

Privileged to be climbing most weekends with Franco Linhares, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award today by Girimitra! He got a standing ovation!
Even at the age of 69, he continues to be one of the finest climbers in Mumbai! “My best is yet to come! ” he said in his speech!
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Franco Linhares is one of the senior most active climbers in the city of Mumbai.


Franco Linhares is a familiar name within the climbing community in India. He was born in Abadan, Iran in 1950 and shifted to Mumbai, with his sister, in the 60s. In his younger days, he used to play football and hockey regularly.

In 1979, Franco did his first Himalayan trek which was initially challenging and gave him a tough time, but he pulled it through. Franco soon fell in love with trekking and adventure outings. After attending the annual rock climbing camp conducted by Girivihar, he was hooked on to climbing and decided to go for every trek and climb organized by the club. Seeing his enthusiasm he was offered a role in the management committee of the club.

In 1988, he was part of India’s first civilian expedition to an 8000m-peak, Kanchenjunga, organized by Girivihar. It saw two climbers – Charuhas Joshi and Uday Kolwankar – reach above 8000m. In the expedition, Franco went up to camp 4 at around 24,000ft. He had a potential shot at the summit, but as he was completely exhausted and hyperventilating, he declined the offer.

Along the years, Franco has been pivotal in arranging multiple national camps and shaping the sport of climbing in India. He was the president of the world cup committee during India’s first IFSC Climbing World Cup! At 67 years of age, Franco has been and is a role model for many upcoming climbers in the country. #IFSCwc #sport #climbing — with Girivihar.

Rock climbing at Belapur, Maharashtra  Oct 19, 2013
Franco Linhares, who has been climbing since the 80s

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It was all possible because of Bong da, Franco and all the Girivihar team which was working relentlessly, sleeplessly.

A competition’s solo climb May 10, 2012

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