Sunday, October 14, 2007

Nature Oriented Venturous Association thanks the generous support extended by the Department of English, Jadavpur University, to the Jogin I (21,205 ft) and III (20,060 ft) Expedition in the post-monsoon climbing season of 2007.

A thorough decontamination from non-biodegradable wastes was achieved at both Base Camp (Kedartal, 15,523 ft) and Advanced Base Camp (16,122 ft) areas. Owing to very heavy snowfall and very strong winds over six continuous days, neither peak was scaled, and we were able to physically remove and carry down far less of the non-biodegradables than we would have liked. However, I am happy to report that all the members and HAPs (High Altitude Porters) of the eleven-strong team have returned to their homes safely. Several other teams in the area were not as fortunate, and more than a hundred trekkers and climbers are still missing and feared lost. It is our deepest wish that the stranded return home safe and whole.

We were in very beautiful lands, and were exposed to great power. I have uploaded some of the photographs here.