Skip to main content

A SUMMER IN ANTARCTICA

I am giving an illustrated talk

‘A SUMMER IN ANTARCTICA’

at

the India International Centre Annexe Auditorium
(40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi)

on Thursday, 3rd December, 2009 at 6:30 pm

to share my experiences of Antarctic Expedition.

Comments

mannab said…
I hope you would give a brief report of this talk to us in Mumbai as per your convenience.
Mangesh Nabar
Anonymous said…
Hello. And Bye.
Manish Raj said…
Wish I could attend...anyway any similar plan for Bangalore ?
Hi, Mannab; how do wish me to do it? I shall certainly do it.

Hi, Manish; certainly yes; whenever it is possible, I would love to do it.
mannab said…
Dear Sudhir,
Pune girl Krushnaa Patil has successfully scaled, the highest peak of Antarctica on Dec 22, 2009. Did you know this? She made it braving temperatures of minus 50 degrees celsius and howling chilly winds.We are all proud of her achievements. I would like you to brief us on this.
Mangesh Nabar
Hi, Mannab; that is really a great achievement from Krushnaa scaling the highest peak in Antarctica, the Mount Vinson at 4897 m (16067 ft). More on this later.
mannab said…
Dear Sudhir,
There is one more exciting news. Delhi's Ms Reena Kaushal, an outdoor instructor became the first Indian woman to ski to the South Pole.
Ms Kaushal (38), settled in Delhi, made the historic ski-run as part of an eight-woman Commonwealth team which made a 900 kilometre Antarctic ice trek to reach the South Pole to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Commonwealth. Skiing eight to 10 hours a day, Ms Kaushal along with her mates crossed the frozen southern continent to the pole in about 40 days.
Besides India, the expedition comprised women from Brunei, Cyprus, Ghana, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore and
Britain.
I would request you to give us more info on this achievement.
Mangesh Nabar
Mampi said…
Good going, Dr Khandelwal.

Popular posts from this blog

TREK TO VALLEY OF FLOWERS AND HEMKUND SAHIB

When I told my family and friends that I wanted to trek to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib this August, everyone thought I was just crazy. Besides Delhi, the rain gods had been relentless over Uttarakhand too causing road breaches at multiple sites in various hill towns. There were landslides everywhere and traffic to all the well known pilgrimage centres of Badri Nath, Kedar Nath, Gangotri and Yamunotri were getting cut off from rest of the country every now and then. The group I was trying to assemble had fallen through. But to do justice to the Valley of Flowers, one has to trek there in the month of August only when the entire valley is at its best bloom. So finally, I enquired at the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd (www.gmvnl.com) if they had any vacancy for its weekly tour to Valley of Flowers – Hemkund Sahib – Badri Nath. Of course, they did not have any for the month of August. However, I was banking on some cancellations hoping some people might not like to venture on this…

Chopta - Tungnath - Chandrashila Trek

Five days of holidays in the beginning of October was god-sent for many people to make a beeline into their favourite destinations; we too planned to make best of this golden opportunity, since it does not happen very often that one gets constellation of holidays falling together. If I have to plan, what better place than go for a quick visit to the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Chopta and Tungnath had been in my mind for a long time. I made enquiries and found this was a doable trip in five days. Vasu, after some hesitation, agreed to accompany me, and then I asked Shariff, who approved the plan (of course, after consulting Malini) without hestitation. What bothered me was the road condition. After last year’s devastation due to fury of floods in Uttarakhand, esp, in the region of Kedarnath, I was a little wary, since Chopta and Tungnath fall in the close vicinity of Kedarnath; afterall, Tungnath is one of five Kedar temples. I contacted GMVN’s offices in Rishikesh and other places to ge…

How to Reach Antarctica?

Traditionally, Indian Scientific Expeditions to Antarctica have been sailing by ship from Goa to reach Antarctica in 3-4 weeks time via Mauritius stopping there for 2-3 days. During its journey it would cross equator and have all the thrills and excitement of a ship cruise. There would be plethora of marine life to see including whales, dolphins, seals etc. The most thrilling, exciting and perhaps anxiety filled time would come when ship enters latitude of 40 degrees south till 55 degrees when it would go rocking and pitching. The ship takes 4-5 days to cross this ‘villainous and roaring forties’, and is very difficult time due to certain risks and severe sea sickness. It is the area of mixing of waters of Indian Ocean and Antarctica. After crossing this, the ship would enter cold water and then the frozen sea with icebergs, ice-sheath, fast ice, packed ice etc.
Lately, the Indian Expeditions have been doing the entire journey partly by air and ship. The team would fly to Johannesburg…