" Rise early. Fix a time-table to which you must try to keep. One seldom regrets having made an early start, but one always regrets having set off too late; first for reasons of safety-the adage 'it is later than you think' is very true in the mountains-but also because of the strange beauty of the moment: the day comes to replace the night, the peaks gradually lighten, it is the hour of mystery but also of hope. Setting off by lantern-light, witnessing the birth of a new day as one climbs to meet the sun, this is a wonderful experience." - Gaston Rebuffat, from On Snow and Rock, 1959
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TOPIC: 7-year-old Aaryan Balaji sets eyes on Kilimanjaro

7-year-old Aaryan Balaji sets eyes on Kilimanjaro 7 years, 5 months ago #229

Five months ago, 7-year-old Aaryan Balaji climbed the Mt Kala Patthar (17,900 ft) in Nepal and became the youngest to stand on the majestic peak. Now, he is gearing up to scale the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

Trained under his father K S Balaji, a commander with the Navy and an avid mountaineer, Aaryan was on cloud nine when he first reached Kala Patthar in May. "It was so nice to be on top of a mountain. I saw Danphe (the national bird of Nepal) and wild goats during my trip. The sparrows in the mountain were big and they looked like pigeons," says Aaryan. Being the youngest to climb the Everest Base Camp in Nepal and Kala Patthar, Aaryan says he will be focusing on more mountainous birds and animals in his upcoming Kilimanjaro trip.

For climbing the hills, Aryan has a golden mantra taught to him by an American mountaineer on one of his trips. It goes like this: "TTT (have enough tea) PPP (urinate) Walk Walk Walk & Go to the Top. Keep smiling."

Even though Aaryan trekked only with his parents, how did he withstand the temperature? "We don't climb the way many foreigners do. They climb without any rest, and rush back due to lack of acclimatisation. So getting acclimatised to the temperature is important. After covering a particular height, we stay there for a day or two at the tent. This will help us get used to the temperature," she said. Aaryan has truly benefited from this and that's why he could withstand a temperature of minus 22 Celsius (-22oC) on top of Kala Patthar.

Read more at: articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/201...ain-kilimanjaro-trip

Re: 7-year-old Aaryan Balaji sets eyes on Kilimanjaro 7 years, 5 months ago #230

Wow! way to go Aaryan. hats-off to you. keep climbing new height.
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