Saturday, September 15, 2007

...Certified...

Our rope with our rope-instructor at the base camp(2nd from left would be me)..



The NIM basic course certificate arrives at work. Had given the office address. Mom is away in sister-land and I am never home. Did not want this to be lost like the innumerable phone bills and credit card bills. Ashwani (the guy who sits next to me and to whom most letters/calls meant for me go...sometimes they call him Avinash too…and of course sometimes I am called Ashwani…is it too difficult to tell the difference?) had collected the cover. He hands it over to me. I take it from him saying that the grade would mostly be a ‘B’. My usual defense mechanism against prospective disappointments. If you want something pretty badly, start by assuming you wouldn’t get it. I ought to change this aspect of myself. It prepares me better for disappointments. But I think at some level it makes me less of a fighter. Of course not everything can be fought for and won. But still…So I open the cover. I have butterflies in my stomach. A voice in my head is crying out aloud ‘Please please be A!’. I have the kind of anxiety I had while looking up semester results in college. May be a little more. Much more actually. I fish out the certificate. There, among other things, it is mentioned “Grading Awarded: A”, “Recommended for Advanced Mountaineering course”. I am thrilled to bits. I think the last time I was this thrilled was when I saw my registration number when PEC entrance exams results were announced. I bask in the glory for a few moments. Someone has a work related query. I answer it. I get on with real life. But a corner of my mind is still smiling…And wondering if I should be doing the Advanced…If I should be subjecting my back to one more stress test…And if I do, should I be going back to NIM or try out HMI Darjeeling (and set feet on Kanchenjunga:)…

10 comments:

Balai said...

CONGRATS Avinash! After watching "Seven years in tibet".....the prospect of imagining one on top of Kanchenjunga sounds exciting.

Anonymous said...

surprised tht u do have something in life tht u crave for and.. :)...

anonymous2

frissko said...

balaji - thanks man...and hey HMI training happens around Kanchenjunga...going to the peak wouldnt be part of the course!! (but how i wish)...

anony2 - only dead people dont crave, or so we assume in our ignorance...desire is a vital sign of life...lack of it is a sign of death or depression...i'd like to think i am alive and there are certain things i seek...i insist that you think so too :)... (but whatever made you write what you wrote...i cant begin to guess cos i havent managed to place you..)...

Parth said...

Hey, congratulations. I did a basic mountaineering course in Mt. Abu as a kid and I can't imagine how the advanced courses would be like :-) Great job.

Anonymous said...

:) oh no let it be this way..u seem to communicate better with me here than in person...:)

anonymous2

frissko said...

parth - thanks...in NIM Basic has a 25kg rucksack and Advanced has a 30kg one...dont know the difference otherwise:)...

anony2 - as u please (like i have a choice :)...

Trauma Queen said...

ive been wanting to tyr one of these mountain trkes for a long time now - pls pls pls let me know where to begin - how to plan etc etc

thanks!!

frissko said...

trauma - this course would be relavant if you're interested in serious climbing/mountaineering...check out http://www.nimindia.org/nim//index.aspx to find out how to apply...they've a couple of women's batches per year and the course is quite demanding physically...

if you're interested in regular treks in the Himalayas, you could join YHAI (they organize decent treks)...also, indiamike.com has some communities for treks in himalayas and are quite resourceful...

but if u've never tried the western ghats u shud try...there are so many nice treks overnight from b'lore...(KP, Thadiyendamol to name a couple..)...also it wud be an easy way to figure out if this is sthing u like doing :)...

Trauma Queen said...

thanks frissko!!

yes im aware these treks can be very strenuous - would u recommend the western ghats one to start with?

frissko said...

trauma - yeah, i'd ask you to try the karnataka western ghats...atleast to figure out if you want to toil your way up the trails and camp in no man's land or sit back sip tea and look at mountains from a distance :)... (although, my first proper trek was in the Himalayas and that got me hooked)...