I am an outdoor professional with more than 15 years of working experience in the Himalayas, the Alps and Rocky Mountains.
What I'm up to right now
After much deliberation I have decided to take on one of the biggest challenges of my life by participating in the Great Himal Race (http://trailrunningnepal.org/trail-races/himal-race-2017/).
The race consists of a 50-day trail through the entire Himalayan range of the country, covering 1 800km in total and averaging around 30km per day at very high altitudes. In total, there are more than a hundred high passes to traverse and requires not only an ability to run, but also technical climbing and expedition skills. Food and accommodation will only be available in areas of settlement, for the rest of the race I will have to camp and carry all my supplies, which offers an additional challenge at (maximum) altitudes of 5900m.
The main goal for participating in the race is to raise funds for promoting outdoor education for children in rural and urban areas (in collaboration with schools). This will be a perfect opportunity to fill the gap left by the current Nepalese schooling curriculum.
This is a cause I strongly believe in because I feel that Nepal’s current education system, consisting of 8 hours of back to back lessons inside a classroom, does not allow children sufficient environmental and outdoor education. There is no practical training on how to think independently, make decisions, take leadership, teamwork and most importantly, respect and appreciation for nature. Outdoor education aims to instil these skills and qualities via team building exercises, simulation scenarios, theoretical classes and field trips.
The course will be run by a team of outdoor professionals under the leadership of Jagan Nath Timilsina, who is a certified backpacking instructor and wilderness first responder from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in the USA. We aim to reach 50 schools with each course hosting a group of 20 students.
The course curriculum includes:
Basic First Aid
Risk assessment and decision making
Basic Rock Climbing
Basic Ice Climbing
English terminology (for outdoors)
The funds collected will be spent on purchasing equipment such as: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, backpacks, cooking pots, stoves, tarp covers, ropes, garden shovels, water containers, first aid kits, GPS devices, radios and repair kits. Aside from this equipment, it is also essential to purchase the necessary health insurance for the children attending training programs.
Through the Great Himal Race, I want to help spearhead the initiative to bring these much needed skills and training to children across our beautiful country.
Although GHR is a solo endeavour, I believe outdoor education requires our collective efforts. I therefore encourage you to join me in raising funds for this even Greater challenge.
To Donate follow the link below.
Please share the link with your friends and family, together we can make this goal a success.
The race starts officially on April 9 from Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143m). Make sure to follow facebook.com/greathimalrace for photos and updates.
About The Great Himal Race
The unique Great Himalayan Race will take place in April and May 2017. GHR will use the GHT (Great Himalayan Trail) route and cross the entire Nepalese Himalaya from East to West. The first half will be common with Himal Race 2017 from its start at Kachenjunga Base Camp to Helambu. After this, it will continue through Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurnas, Mustang, Dolpa, Simli Valley and Humla Valley before ending at Hilsa, a village at the West border of Nepal with Tibet.
Organised by the French running collective www.leschevaliersduvent.fr
Founding Director at Freedom Adventure Treks
2015 to present | Kathmandu, Nepal
Outdoor Instructor at National Outdoors Leadership School
2013 to 2016 | USA
Expedition and Trekking Guide at Himalayan Encounters
Work highlights: Climbed Mt. Everest, cycling in India, backpacking in Europe
2011 to 2013 | Kathmandu, Nepal
Trekking Leader with Himalayan Encounters
Work Highlights: Trekking leader in Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and Mustang regions
2007 to 2009 | Kathmandu, Nepal
Assistant Guide with Himalayan Encounters
2005 to 2007 | Kathmandu, Nepal
Porter with Himalayan Encounters
2003 to 2005 | Kathmandu, Nepal
1998 to 2003 | Nepal
Helicopter Marshall Training
Nepal Mountaineering Association
March 1th -3th, 2016 | Kathmandu, Nepal
Mountain Liaison Officer Training
NEPAL ACADEMY OF TOURISM AND HOTEL MANAGEMENT (NATHM)
September 4th -10th, 2016 | Kathmandu, Nepal
Alaska Mountaineering Instructor Course
May 2016 – 35 Days
Emergency First Aid Responder
April – September 2015 | Kathmandu, Nepal
Wilderness First Aid Responder
NOLS – WMI
December 2014 – 10 Days | Kathmandu, Nepal
Advanced Mountaineering Course
KHUMBU CLIMBING CENTER
January 2012 – 8 Days | Kathmandu, Nepal
Basic Mountaineering Course
NEPALI MOUNTAINEERS ASSOCIATION
January 2010 – 35 Days | Kathmandu, Nepal