A group of mountaineering enthusiasts in the city is planning to scale the highest peak in the world next year and is starting preparations on home pitch next month. To drum up support for its Pune Everest 2012 expedition,Giripremi a mountaineering group in the city is taking along 500-odd mountaineers to the Kalsubai peak in November. Signatures of all these mountaineers will be taken on a flag to be hoisted by the team of 24,once they scale the Everest. Kalsubai in Ahmednagar district is the highest peak in Maharashtra,at 1,648 metres above sea level,which has a small temple near the summit.
The 24 climbers and support team of Pune Everest Expedition 2012,with an assorted bunch of engineers,businessmen,tax consultants,private servicemen and students including Bhushan Harshe,Tekraj Adhikari,Anand Mali,Ganesh More,Chetan Ketkar,Ajit Tate,Ashish Mane,Avinash Foujdar,Paresh Naik,Avinash Kandekar and Sachin Deng,will be part of the Kalsubai trek.
Along with them,the 500-odd mountaineers will be taken to Kalsubai for the two-day trek on November 5-6. During this time,participants will be able to know the preparations of the Everest team,understand their expertise and climb Kalsubai with them. On reaching the top,Giripremi will take signatures of each participant on a flag that will later be hoisted on Mount Everest during our summit, said Umesh Zirpe of Giripremi and team leader of Pune Everest 2012 expedition. The Pune Everest 2012 summit,when successful,will mark a national record as eight members from the all-civilian team from one city would have set foot on Everest,he added.
The participants transport,food and equipment will be managed by Giripremi and organisations like Giridarshan,Girikunj,Yuvashakti,Trekdi,Pugmarks,Pune Mountaineers,Tyremark,Explorers,Wanderers,Fly Catchers,Aranyawak and Foliage Outdoors. Those seeking information about Kalsubai trek can call Zirpe on 9890620490.