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Alpine Mountaineering Leadership Programme : Climbathon 2015

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Climbathon 2015 is designed as an Alpine Leadership Mountaineering Programme where the objective is for each participant to develop a number of alpine climbing skills for rock, snow, and ice with time to practice so that each skill get’s mastered. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to all the skills of alpine mountaineering, general team leadership, and leading roped teams on glaciers, snow, rock and ice   leading to participation is an expedition in which all of the skills developed are employed in a mountain setting. 

Participants will learn route finding, managing hazards assessment as well as self-rescue. As the course progresses participants will make series of classic alpine ascents on rock routes and on major glaciers where team members will lead the final climb based on the the climbing and leadership skills learned during the program. 

The Course places as much emphasis on good mountain judgment as on the development of technical skills, and throughout this course  participants will observe and analyze climbing routes, terrain features, and hazards so that by the end of the course participants should have developed the ability to lead a small team safely through a rugged and complex environment. 

Finally all the skills learned will be put to a test on participant lead ascent of a challenging peak around the Bara Singri Glacier.  

Climbathon 2015
Application Procedure : The Indian Mountaineering Foundation will accept applications for participation till 15th March 2015. Shortlisted candidates  will be sent a Log Book which is to be duly filled and returned to IMF by 15 May 2015 along with medical fitness certificate.

Criteria for Participation : Application’s are invited from participants who have  done their Advance Mountaineering Course from one of India’s Mountaineering Institutes and achieved a grading of A. Additionally participants should be in the age group of 18 to 35 years and have been participating in trekking and climbing  expeditions during the last three years. 

Decision on Application : The IMF will review applications based on the information and telephonic interview with shortlisted candidates give a final decision on participation by the 1st June 2015. 

Allocations of slots on Climbathon 2015 :  To ensure overall quality of the program a maximum of 50 participants will be accepted in the program across men and women. 
Duration of Climbathon 2015 :  This program will run for 24 days from 4th August to the 27th August of which the climbing base camp will function for a duration of 2 weeks. This will give participants the opportunity to establish small climbing teams and attempt a peak on the glacier. 

Participation Fee : All  selected participants are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of Rs 5000/-.  Climbers who are not from India will be charged a fee of US $ 500. Deserving & needy may apply to IMF for scholarship/grant.

Equipment for Climbathon 2015 :  All participants will be expected to get their personal equipment for this program. The comprehensive list of personal equipment required has been placed on the IMF website. If required personal equipment can be procured from the IMF store on hire basis.  

Insurance and Medical Aspects:  Each participant is expected to manage their medial insurance prior to joining the program and additional ensure that their doctor certifies participation in a mountaineering expedition. Participants will need to submit volunteer/willingness certificate along with application. 

Expedition Doctor :  An expedition Doctor will be a part of Climbathon 2015 to manage any medical issues. 

Participation Certificate :  Each participant will be given a certificate of participation. 

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