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Large Truck Carries Mobile Home Over Tiny Wooden Bridge

Large Truck Carries Mobile Home Over Tiny Wooden Bridge | Jukin Media

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Posted Date: April 4th, 2018
Acquired Date: April 18th, 2018
Location: Yusufeli Artvin
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Truck Moves Mobile Home Across A River With Essentially Zero Margin For Error

Hair-raising Moment Truck Carries Mobile Home Across Tiny Bridge | The Weather Channel


Incredible video of lorry taking mobile home across tiny bridge - Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Published on Apr 19, 2018

This is the hair-raising moment a truck driver took his life in his hands by crossing a tiny wooden bridge spanning a fast-flowing river while carrying a mobile home on the truck bed. Stunned onlookers stopped to record the driver's brave efforts, though it is not clear when or where the video was taken. Despite having no room for error, the skilled motorist manages to make it across the bridge and to the safety of the opposite bank. Original Article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic... Original Video: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news...

Truck carrying a mobile home edges its way across a tiny bridge | Daily Mail Online

Would YOU want to be this driver? Truck carrying a mobile home edges its way across a tiny bridge and has to be INCH-perfect
  • Truck filmed edging across a narrow wooden bridge over a fast-flowing river
  • Driver is forced to use precarious crossing despite carrying a mobile home
  • With no margin for error, the driver still manages to make it across safely

PUBLISHED: 09:12 GMT, 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:24 GMT, 19 April 2018

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This is the hair-raising moment a lorry driver edged across a narrow wooden bridge while towing a mobile home behind him.

Dramatic footage shows the brave motorist creeping across the precarious bridge which spans a fast-flowing river.

Even though the driver has zero margin for error, they still manage to make it safely across to the other side.

This is the moment a brave lorry driver edged across a tiny wooden bridge spanning a fast-flowing river despite towing a mobile home

It is not known precisely when or where the footage was filmed.

It is also not clear why the driver chose to use this bridge instead of a sturdier one, or where the house was being taken.

A stunned onlooker stopped to film the truck edging across while the bridge bent and swayed underneath the heavy load.

As the truck emerges on the other side it becomes apparent how tight the gap was, with barely an inch of space on either side.

Stunned onlookers stopped to capture the attempt. Despite having no room for error, the driver made it safely to the other side



Quora CEO Apologises After Security Breach Impacts 100 Million Users

Indo-Asian News Service, 05 December 2018


Hackers stole personal information of over 100 million users

It included their names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords

Quora discovered the breach on November 30

Quora CEO Adam D'Angelo has apologised after hackers stole personal information of over 100 million of its users including their names, email addresses and encrypted passwords.

Quora discovered the breach on November 30. It found that the breach happened as a result of unauthorised access to one of our systems by a "malicious third party".

"It is our responsibility to make sure things like this don't happen, and we failed to meet that responsibility," D'Angelo wrote in a blog post on Monday night.

Quora was founded by D'Angelo, a former Chief Technology Officer at Facebook, in 2009. The Mountain View, California-headquartered company has over 300 million monthly unique visitors.

The company is in the process of sending emails to users whose data have been compromised and logging out all Quora users who may have been affected.

"We believe we've identified the root cause and taken steps to address the issue, although our investigation is ongoing and we'll continue to make security improvements," D'Angelo said.

"In addition to the work being conducted by our internal security teams, we have retained a leading digital forensics and security firm to assist us. We have also notified law enforcement officials," he added.

The company said that questions and answers that were written anonymously were not affected by this breach as the platform does not store the identities of people who post anonymous content.

"We are working rapidly to investigate the situation further and take the appropriate steps to prevent such incidents in the future," the Quora CEO added.

"We're very sorry for any concern or inconvenience this may cause," he said.

The overwhelming majority of the content accessed was already public on Quora, but the compromise of account and other private information is serious.

The site's data breach is the latest in a series of high-profile hacks. Hotel chain Marriott last week said that its guest reservation system was hacked, potentially exposing data on 500 million guests.


The information in the Marriott breach, the biggest since the Yahoo hack in 2013 affecting three billion customer accounts, included names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers and travel details.

"Hackers are deliberately targeting companies and websites which hold massive amounts of customer data - as we've seen with the recent major attacks against airlines and hotel chains," a spokesperson of Check Point Software Technologies said in a statement.

"In the Quora breach, there was, luckily, no financial information associated with the exposed user data, and the stolen passwords were scrambled, but users should consider changing their passwords on other accounts if they have used the same password as for their Quora account," the spokesperson added.

"For further protecting your data, you can also delete your Quora account, if you want. If you have created the account using Google or Facebook, you can generate the account password," added Prabesh Choudhary, Director at Cryptus Cyber Security.

Between last week's Marriot hack of 500 million accounts and Quora's 100 million accounts, at least 16 per cent of the total Internet users' data has been compromised, pointed out Saket Modi, Co-Founder and CEO of Lucideus, an enterprise cybersecurity platforms company.

Quora CEO Apologises After Security Breach Impacts 100 Million Users


हिमाचल में कड़ाके की ठंड, केलांग में छह साल बाद सर्दी का रिकॉर्ड टूटा- Amarujala

Cold Wave Hits Himachal Pradesh Mercury Dips To Minus 5 Degree

हिमाचल में कड़ाके की ठंड, केलांग में छह साल बाद सर्दी का रिकॉर्ड टूटा
न्यूज डेस्क, अमर उजाला, शिमला, Updated Fri, 07 Dec 2018 05:55 PM IST

हिमाचल की चोटियों में बर्फबारी के बाद कड़ाके की ठंड पड़ना शुरू हो गई है। जनजातीय क्षेत्र केलांग में छह साल बाद वीरवार की रात सबसे ठंडी रही। यहां न्यूनतम पारा -10 डिग्री पहुंच गया है। कल्पा में -3.8 और मनाली में -2.2 डिग्री न्यूनतम पारा रिकॉर्ड हुआ। मौसम में आए बदलाव के बाद प्रदेश के 14 शहरों में न्यूनतम तापमान पांच डिग्री से नीचे लुढ़क गया है।

प्रदेश में सुबह, शाम शीतलहर चल रही है। शुक्रवार को केलांग का अधिकतम पारा 3.8 डिग्री रहा। मौसम विज्ञान केंद्र शिमला के निदेशक डॉ. मनमोहन सिंह के अनुसार शनिवार को प्रदेश में मौसम साफ रहेगा। नौ से 13 दिसंबर तक पूरे प्रदेश में बारिश और बर्फबारी के आसार हैं।

वीरवार रात को शिमला का न्यूनतम तापमान 4.7, सुंदरनगर में 0.7, भुंतर में 1.2, पालमपुर में 3.5, सोलन में 2.0, कांगड़ा में 4.8, बिलासपुर में 4.2, हमीरपुर में 4.3, चंबा में 2.4, कुफरी में 2.0 और डलहौजी में 3.4 डिग्री सेल्सियस रहा। मंडी में 5.1, ऊना में 5.2 जबकि प्रदेश में सबसे अधिक न्यूनतम पारा धर्मशाला में 7.2 रहा।

शुक्रवार को प्रदेश के अधिकतम तापमान में दो से तीन डिग्री की गिरावट दर्ज हुई। ऊना में अधिकतम तापमान 24.0, कांगड़ा में 22.2, हमीरपुर में 20.8, सुंदरनगर में 20.4, बिलासपुर में 19.8, भुंतर में 19.0, नाहन में 19.1, सोलन में 18.5, चंबा में 17.2, धर्मशाला में 15.2, शिमला में 13.5, कल्पा में 8.6, डलहौजी में 7.8 और केलांग में 3.8 डिग्री सेल्सियस रिकॉर्ड हुआ।

ऊना, बिलासपुर, मंडी, हमीरपुर और कांगड़ा जिला के कुछ क्षेत्रों में धुंध पड़ना शुरू हो गई है। बिलासपुर और ऊना के कई क्षेत्रों में सुबह 11 बजे के बाद धूप निकल रही है। रात के समय धुंध पड़ने से वाहन चालकों को परेशानियों का सामना करना पड़ रहा है। गेहूं और फलदार पेड़ों पर कोहरा पड़ने से किसानों को फसल खराब होने की चिंता सताने लगी है।

रोहतांग दर्रे में बर्फ की मोटी चादर होने से शुक्रवार को 13 वाहन माइनस 15 डिग्री तापमान में बर्फ में फंसे रहे। महिलाओं, बुजुर्गों समेत करीब 100 लोगों की सांसें पांच घंटे तक रोहतांग में ही अटकी रहीं। तेज हवाओं के कारण रोहतांग में खड़ा होना मुश्किल हो रहा था। रोहतांग दर्रा से फंसे यात्री कुलदीप, मोहन, रमेश, रामलाल ने दूरभाष पर बताया कि कहा कि उन्होंने खुद बेलचों से लगभग 100 मीटर दायरे से बर्फ को हटाया।

इसके बाद सांसद रामस्वरूप शर्मा के निर्देश पर बीआरओ ने शाम को रोहतांग मार्ग बहाल किया और यात्री लाहौल से मनाली पहुंचे। उन्होंने कहा कि रोहतांग दर्रे में तेज हवाओं के कारण बर्फ के ढेर उड़कर सड़क में बिछ गए हैं। इससे वाहनों की आवाजाही प्रभावित हो रही है।

Fog affected districts / areas : Una, Bilaspur, Mandi, Hamirpur & Kangra

हिमाचल में कड़ाके की ठंड, केलांग में छह साल बाद सर्दी का रिकॉर्ड टूटा- Amarujala


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सबसे ऊँचा पहाड़ – X Ray से किताब तक का सफर
August 1, 2018 Tarun

कुछ दिन पहले तीर्थन से पंकी सूद का मैसेज आया, “मेरे लिए दस किताब रख लेना, मेरा एक दोस्त एक रात में सत्तर पेज पढ़ गया, अब वो गुजरात ले जाएगा दस किताबें”

पंकी भाई तीन किताबें पहले ही मंगवा चुके थे और अब दस और? क्या ये कहीं ब्लैक मार्किट में तो नहीं जा रही मेरी विश्व-प्रसिद्ध किताब? ऐसा ख्याल सबसे पहले मेरे दिमाग में आया..

कुछ किताबें डाक से ही भेजनी पड़ती हैं, जबकि अधिकतर के लिए नेरचौक में कूरियर वाले रमेश भाई से मैंने सेटिंग कर रखी है, उनके दफ्तर में छोड़ जाओ और आगे का काम वो देख लेते हैं। पर डाक बाबुओं से पार पाना थोड़ा मुश्किल काम है। सबसे पहले – उनके पास दुनिया भर के काम सरकार ने दे रखे हैं – बिजली का बिल, रेल का टिकट, LED वाले बल्ब, जमा खाते, जन-धन और भी जाने क्या-क्या। सरकार का बस चले तो डाक-खाने और बैंक के कर्मचारियों से इलेक्शन कैम्पेनिंग भी करवा ले…

पर फिर भी, कभी-कभी डाक बाबू माहौल बना देते हैं, जैसे कि ये:

*लोकल डाक खाने में एक सीन*

डाक खाने में दो बुजुर्गवार बाबू, काउंटर के छेद वाली खिड़की से रिटायरमेंट की राह निहारते हुए, 25 किताबों का ढेर देख कर ऑलमोस्ट ढेर होते हुए मुझे कहते हैं।

सर ये किताबें आप कहीं और से स्पीड पोस्ट करवा लीजिये, नहीं तो यहां काम रुक जाएगा….

“पर सर जी, ये भी तो काम ही है”, मेरा कहना है?
जिस पर उनका कहना है कि पर ये काम थोड़ा भारी है , और लाइन रुक जाएगी….

लाइन में सबसे आगे मैं हूँ और मेरे पीछे लाइन में चायवाला लड़का है जो पिछले कल के गिलास लेने आया है

वो दोनों मुझे पहले ही कह चुके हैं कि कल शनिवार है और कल 12 बजे तक ही डाक जाएगी और उससे पहले हमारे पास बहुत काम रहता है, तो आप मंडे को मत आना, मंगलवार को ही आना। इतनी लंबी प्लानिंग तो मोदी जी भी नहीं किये होंगे देश के लिए।

ये कहानी सुनाने का मेरा ‘ऑब्जेक्टिव’ क्या था? वो ये कि पंकी भाई एक बहुत ही ऑप्टिमिस्टिक बंदे हैं, मतलब की इतने कि जब मैंने उन्हें दस किताबें जो गुजरात जानी थी, उनका भारतीय डाक का ट्रैकिंग ID दिया तो उनका कहना था कि ” इसकी क्या जरूरत है, आपने कह दिया तो हो गया।”

जिस पर मेरा जवाब था कि मुझ पर भरोसा करो पर डाक बाबू पर नहीं, जिस पर उनका कहना था कि “हम लोगों को अपने सिस्टम पर भरोसा होना चाहिए”

जिस पर मैंने उनको, दरभंगा -शिमला-चुवाड़ी-बिलासपुर और रांची भेजी गयी स्पीड पोस्ट की स्लिप दिखाई – सबपे एक ही पिन कोड था। और क्यूंकि एक ही पिन कोड है तो आप उसे ऑनलाइन ट्रैक ही नहीं कर सकते।

स्पीड पोस्ट से तो भेज दोगे, पर ट्रैक कैसे करोगे?
हमसे काम लेते हो, हम तुम्हें किसी काम का ही नहीं छोड़ेंगे – ये एक ‘क्रिप्टिक मेसेज’ डाक-बाबू उन किताबों पर मेरे लिए छोड़ गए थे।
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तो शुरू करते हैं किताब लिखने से किताब छपने तक की कहानी, जिसे मैं थोड़ा-थोड़ा ‘सेंसर’ करके फेसबुक पर लिख ही चुका हूँ, पर बिना सेंसर के मजा ही कुछ और है।

किताब छपाई की कहानी शुरू होती है बद्दी (जिसे शास्त्रों में नर्क का प्रोटोटाइप कहा गया है) के एक प्राइवेट अस्पताल से जहाँ मैं अपने घुटने की दर्द से निजात पाने गया था। दर्द से निजात तो मिला नहीं, पर आर्थराइटिस ग्रेड-1 जरूर मिल गया। x -ray में दोनों घुटने की ‘ग्रीस’ खत्म होती दिख रही थी और मुझे उसी दिन से डिप्रेशन टाइप हो गया। नीरज जाट, जिसने अभी हाल ही में अपनी नार्थ-ईस्ट की यात्राओं पर ‘मेरा पूर्वोत्तर‘ नाम की गजब किताब लिखी है, ने घुटने के दर्द का हवाला देते हुए कहा, “चल नहीं सकते तो क्या हुआ, लिख तो सकते हो-लिख डालो किताब।”

और अपन ने भी वर्ल्ड-फेमस www.tarungoel.in साइट खोल कर अपनी किताब का खाका तैयार करना शुरू कर दिया।

सबसे पहला विचार आया, ” क्या मैं इतना घूमा भी हूँ कि एक किताब ही लिख डालूं? किन्नौर-कुल्लू-लाहौल कि पहाड़ियां तो मैंने देखी ही नहीं हैं, बड़ा भंगाल भी नहीं गया, पार्वती घाटी भी नहीं देखी, किताब कैसे लिख दूँ?”

फिर किताब लिखना एक बार फिर छोड़ दिया। फिर फेसबुक पर कुछ लोगों ने और एक प्रकाशक ने फिर से पतंग को ढील दी, “लिखो-लिखो, हम छापेंगे।” अबे जब हम लिखूंगा ही नहीं, तो तुम छापोगे कैसा बे?

जैसे-जैसे घुटने की दर्द बढ़ती गयी, किताब के पन्ने बढ़ते गए और अंततः 180 पेज की किताब तैयार हो गयी। सम्पादक महोदय नीरज जाट का कहना था इसको 220 पेज पर लाओ, 180 से 220 पेज तक ले जाने का मतलब था केरल में भाजपा की सरकार बनाना। पर अमित शाह के रहते कुछ भी हो सकता है, तो उसी को प्रेरणास्त्रोत मानते हुए 220 पेज हो ही गए। और किताब अपने सामने थी, अब दूसरा मसला था किताब का टाइटल। नवीन बोक्टापा के सौजन्य से इस किताब का नामकरण हुआ और जनसेवा में नूपुर सिंह और नीरज कल्याण ने इसका डिज़ाइन तैयार किया।

मैं चाहता था कि इस किताब में रिजुल गिल भूमिका लिखे, जिसके लिए उसने हाँ भी की पर जैसे एक सुबह वो लाहौल में हाँ कर के पलट गया था, वैसा ही पलटा उसने इस बार भी मारा और हाँ कर के गायब हो गया। आयुष कुमार ने इस किताब की बेहतरीन भूमिका लिखी है, जिसके लिए मैं आयुष का आभारी हूँ।

सेल्फ पब्लिशिंग VS प्रकाशक पब्लिशिंग
नीरज जाट की पहली दो किताबें प्रकाशक ने छापी हैं, जो आप यहाँ देख सकते हैं, पर प्रकाशक के छापने पर आपको कुछ पर्सेंटेज मिलेगा और सेल्फ-पब्लिशिंग में सारा माल आपका (+ सरदर्द और भागदौड़)

अब अपन कोई चेतन भगत तो है नहीं, कि पेंग्विन अपने को बीस लाख रुपया भी दे, रॉयल्टी भी दे और मार्केटिंग भी करे। यहाँ प्रकाशक मिलेगा हल्का और मार्केटिंग भी खुद करनी पड़ेगी, पर जब खुद ही करना है तो छपवा भी क्यों न खुद ही ली जाए – ऐसे विचार प्रकट करते हुए नीरज जाट ने मुझे अपनी किताब खुद पब्लिश करने के लिए मना लिया। हालांकि ‘तब’ मुझे समझ कुछ नहीं आया, पर जब इतना पढ़ा-लिखा आदमी कुछ कहे तो मान लेना चाहिए

अब दूसरा मसला था दिल्ली में प्रिंटिंग वाले को ढूँढना। बड़े-बड़े प्रकाशकों की किताब उठा कर उनपर प्रिंटिंग वालों के एड्रेस ढूंढे गए – दस में आठ शाहदरा-गाजियाबाद- वेलकम-झिलमिल में छपी थीं। बस वैसा ही एक प्रिंटर हमने भी ढूंढ लिया – रिश्ता वही,दाम सही|

प्रूफ रीडिंग-अशुद्धि संशोधन
अपना लिखा आदमी एक बार पढ़ सकता है, दो बार पढ़ सकता है – उसके बाद गलतियां निकलनी असम्भव हैं। तीसरी बार पढ़ने पर शर्म के मारे डिलीट बटन भी दब जाता है – और वैसे भी मेरे जैसा आदमी जो केजरीवाल से इतना प्रभावित हो, वो गलती कर ही नहीं सकता। इसलिए प्रूफ रीडिंग का जिम्मा तीन लोगों की दिया गया – मेरी बड़ी बहन नीरज गुप्ता को, रोहित कल्याणा को और कमल प्रीत को।

इन सबने मिलकर 220 पेज की किताब में 2 क्विंटल गलतियां निकाल दीं, अंततः किताब जब नीरज जाट के पास पहुँची तब तक इसमें इतनी ही गलतियां और जुड़ गईं। निस्वार्थ भावना से नीरज ने सब गलतियां सुधारीं और अब अगला स्टेप था प्रिंटर के पास जाना। प्रिंटर के पास किताब गयी, और छपते-छपते महीना लग गया। इतनी किताबें लाएंगे कैसे? दिल्ली से ही सुमीत ग्रोवर जी ने ट्रांसपोर्ट में भिजवाई जिसके लिए मैं उनका एहसानमंद रहूँगा। नहीं तो दिल्ली आने-जाने में ही प्रति ट्रिप के हिसाब से मेरा 2 किलो वजन काम हो जाता है, ये जानकारी हमें नीति आयोग की रिसर्च से पता चलती है….

प्री-बुकिंग में जनता ने बढ़-चढ़ कर हिस्सा लिया, हालांकि जितने बधाई संदेश आए, उसी अनुपात में अगर प्री-ऑर्डर आ जाते तो अगली साल IPL में चेन्नई सुपर किंग टीम का मालिक मैं होता।

क्रिटिकल रिव्यू
एक लेखक के लिए क्रिटिकल रिव्यू बहुत जरुरी हैं, ‘सो दैट’ अ) लेखक अगले एडिशन या नयी किताब में भूल सुधर कर सके और ब) ज्यादा क्रिटिकल होने वाले बन्दे को ब्लॉक कर सके

अब तक दो ही क्रिटिकल रिव्यू मुझ तक पहुंचे हैं, जिनमे से एक इनडायरेक्ट रिव्यू है जिसमे पाठक का कहना है कि किताब जल्दी खत्म हो गयी और कहानियां धाराप्रवाह नहीं हैं – जिसका जवाब ये है कि मेरे पास 220 पेज का ही सामान था जो मैंने सारा लिख दिया। और रही दूसरी बात, तो कहानियां जैसे-जैसे घटित हुईं, मैं वैसे लिखता गया।

दूसरा रिव्यू है कि हिमाचल में जातिवाद नहीं है, उत्तर प्रदेश और बिहार के जैसे तो बिलकुल भी नहीं इसलिए लेखक ने अन्यथा ही हिमाचल प्रदेश का जातिवादी दिखाने की कोशिश की है।

इसका मेरे पास एक ही जवाब है –

*जो-जो देवता का बाजा बजाएगा
उसे श्राप है कि वो देवता को छू नहीं पाएगा*

आप चाहें तो उत्तर प्रदेश या बिहार जैसा जातिवाद न होने पर खुश हो सकते हैं, लेकिन ये वही बात होगी कि देखिये हम पाकिस्तान के साथ अंग्रेजों से आजाद हुए थे, और आज हम कहाँ है और पाकिस्तान कहाँ?

बिहार-उत्तर प्रदेश से तुलना बिलकुल पाकिस्तान से तुलना करने जैसा है।

मुझे डाक्टर खन्ना को ये किताब देते हुए सबसे ज्यादा ख़ुशी हुई और जब इन्होने एक रात में ये किताब खत्म कर डाली और मुझे दस में आठ नंबर दिए, तो और भी ज्यादा मजा आया। डाक्टर खन्ना इन्द्रू नाग लाइब्रेरी के कर्ता-धर्ता हैं और उन्हें ये किताब पसंद आना मेरे लिए बहुत बड़ी बात है

अभी हाल ही में भारतीय पोस्ट नए ‘सर्वर’ पर ‘माइग्रेट’ हुई है, इसलिए डाक-बाबू कभी सर्वर खराब और कभी पेट खराब जैसे बहाने बना कर पार्कल/स्पीडपोस्ट नहीं कर पा रहे हैं।

दस लोगों कि किताबें डाक से भेजी जानी हैं पर असुविधा के लिए खेद है….

जिस-जिस को मुफ्त में पढ़नी हो, वो इन्द्रू नाग लाइब्रेरी धर्मशाला में जाकर डाक्टर खन्ना के साथ बैठ कर पढ़ सकता है।

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Crossing 40 Passes in 75 Days – Peter Van Geit’s ‘Ultra’ Love Affair with the Himalaya

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Crossing 40 Passes in 75 Days – Peter Van Geit’s ‘Ultra’ Love Affair with the Himalaya
October 25, 2018 Tarun

The world of Indian Hiking/Climbing Fraternity was taken by storm last month when a Belgian National, residing in India for the last 20 years, pulled off a hitherto unknown superhuman feat by walking across unexplored (in literal sense) Himalayan Passes. To make his epic journey even more incredible, he did so by doing it purely in alpine style.

That man was Peter Van Geit and I got a chance to speak with him regarding his adventure of Himalayan proportions in the truest sense. When his expedition was in the planning stage, I did get an email regarding his route from Sathya (arguably the finest trekker of our times but his story for some other time) but I couldn’t help him much because, a) I had no idea about most of the trails he intended to measure in his ultra-running style and b) I didn’t think it was practically possible to do something which Peter intended to do….

And I can’t explain how happy I am to be proved wrong this time.

Peter Van Geit pulled off a ‘Rahul Sankrityayan’ and ‘opened’ some of the routes which were literally lying obsolete since decades (for instance Himri Pass). Pin Parbati Pass, Chobia Pass, Kugti Pass, Bashleo Pass, Bhubhu Pass, Himri Pass, Pin Bhabha Pass, Sar Pass, Pratap Pass to name a few among the forty Himalayan Passes that he managed to cross.

I got a chance to speak with him and I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading through his journey as much as I did. Sit back, grab a cup of coffee or ‘Old Monk‘ and have fun reading…..

A word about yourself. About Chennai Running and Trekking Club?

I was born and raised in Belgium, came over to Chennai, India in 1998 for work and since then settled in India. Was overwhelmed with the natural beauty of the Indian subcontinent and explored the mountains (Western Ghats, Himalayas) for initial years on my Enfield bullet. In 2008 I felt Chennai was a little too boring and founded the Chennai Trekking Club to reach out to like minded adventurous souls who wanted to join me on hikes in South India. Over the years CTC grew in diversity of outdoor activities, environmental conservation and social initiatives as well as in numbers reaching 40 thousand on its tenth birthday. In recent years I became passionate about ultra running in beautiful trails in the mountains and now we have an active ultra runner community doing frequent trail runs in South.

40 passes in 75 days. That sounds ridiculously exciting even to think of. How did this all start? Was it just a whimsical decision or something that was planned over a period of long months?

During a 2 week 800km run from Shimla to Jammu through the valleys of Spiti and Pangi last year I came across a rusty board of HP Tourist near Tandi showing various trails connecting valleys through passes. As we had done several long run in Himachal in previous years on roads I was eager to try something new this year. So in June myself and a friend started reading up on hiking blogs (including yours and Sathya’s) to identify the location of passes (Himachal’s passes were totally unknown to us) through reverse engineering GPS logs, extracting hiking routes from OSM (Open Street Maps) and create a big master Google Map with some (initially) 21 target trails. Aside from being a pretty solid trail runner in lower altitudes (I ran 2000km in Vietnam earlier this year) I had no clue what to expect at these higher altitudes.

A mix of excitement and nervousness and I even spoke to Sathya over the phone for an hour on do-s and don’ts in the Himalayas.

Trails in Himachal Pradesh aren’t really marked on the Internet. What were the difficulties you faced while embarking on journeys in remote Himachal, particularly in Chamba/Lahaul?

Although there are many hiking blogs on the Himalayas very few give precise info on the exact location of the trails. Only few blogs like Sathya’s list precise GPS coordinates for passes, landmarks and sometimes entire trails. Some of the more popular trails are available on Open Street Maps and GPS logs could be exported from there. For some we checked the Oxylane 1:150K maps which provide approximate info on trails, stream crossings for many passes. For yet others I used Google Satellite maps at high zoom level to manually trace clearly visible trails, especially in Ladakh.

For yet others used only by shepherds we only had the approximate location and had to follow the foot (“poop”) steps of the gaddi’s and horseman traversing these passes. Spending 10 years in South Indian jungles as part of our Chennai Trekking Club treks also helped in grooming intuition in tracking trails. Another valuable resource are the topographic maps of the Survey of India which can be obtained from Chandigarh. These are the most detailed maps (1:25K and below) which include lot of terrain detail, trails. Scanning and georeferencing them makes another great navigation reference.

What was it like at the top? Lonely? Satisfying? Mystical? Tiring?

Every pass crossing in “Ultra” mode (read: power hiking, doing these 2-3 faster than the usual hiker) burns some 6 to 8000 kilo calories and can be very draining at times. The technicalities of the terrain: vast moraines, walking on steep, slippery landslides, crossing crevassed glaciers, climbing up steep rock slopes holding on to your life, cold wind and wetness near passes during bad weather, crossing ferocious streams, always moving against the clock to cross the pass early before weather turns and descend again to lower altitudes to pitch up camp.

Add to this the factor of being alone most of the time, the unknown (never stepped on a glacier before or had not done much high altitude hiking), moments where you lose the trail, where you stand in front of a vertical rock wall or glacier unable to see a way forward. All these can be both physically and mentally exhausting and require a strong mental determination (more than physical fitness) to push forward.

Still, once you reach the top / pass immersed by stunning views all 360 degrees, a feeling of euphoria takes over subduing all the physical exertion you have gone through. The complete silence (except for wind) on the top, the feeling of being alone in this vast, overwhelming and sometimes unearthly landscape, far away from any living soul can be – at first – scary, but eventually makes way for a deep internal peacefulness and deeper connection with the natural beauty of these virgin remote places untouched by human hand. In Ladakh, Zanskar the gradient and shades of the high altitude desert makes you wonder sometimes whether you are on a different planet. Some passes are gateways between barren rock landscapes of Lahaul & Spiti / Pangi and the lush green valleys of Kully / Chamba / Kinnaur and feel like stepping between different worlds.

Peter with his 72 year Old Friend enroute Chobia Pass (4966m)

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Peter with his 72 year Old Friend enroute Chobia Pass (4966m)

View on the Pratap Jot (5150m) glacier, shepherd gateway between the remote valleys of Saichu and Miyar in Pangi.

Villager from Mud village in Spiti crossing the stream below the Pin Bhaba pass (4865m)
Was there ever a moment of doubt?


There were moments of “holding on to my life” trying to balance while traversing landslides high above the valley floor while rocks were falling down with every step, walking across uneven boulders being pushed by hip deep stream currents trying not to get flushed away, climbing up steep rock faces holding on to whatever little was protruding. Those moments the human senses and reflexes become sharper switching into survival mode.
There were moments of doubt having completely lost track of the trail getting stuck in dense vegetation or steep drops, standing in front of a 500m vertical rock wall, getting whitened out in dense fog, standing in front of a snow or ice wall unable to figure out a way forward.

There were days when we ran short on food, stranded hungry in the middle of nowhere. Moments when you get stuck on a ferocious glacial stream hearing the sound of boulders crushed against each other. During those moments you need to sit down, physically and mentally relax and take a moment to reflect and find a way forward through the seeming impossible. At times you also have to make a tough call realizing that the particular situation is too dangerous / risky and be mature enough to overcome disappointment and take a U-turn.

Tell us about your gear? I couldn’t see much in the photographs or was that all you were carrying?

Being an ultra runner there is one simple rule “less is better”.

Having run 2000km through the mountains of Northeast Vietnam with 4kg backpack (mostly shelter for the winter nights) you know that every extra 100 grams adds significant impact. This would even be more so while climbing steeper trails and seeking higher altitudes in the Himalayas. You basically have to make a fine call between comfort during the day (less luggage) while hiking vs. night comfort (more shelter/clothes) while camping in cold nights. So eventually we ended up with a compromise of 4kg + another 2kg for a Quecha T2 tent + 1kg of food ration for a typical 2-3 day crossing.

The basic clothing layer is dry-fit, breathable shorts / tees / sport shoes which are perfect for both hot (Ladakh) and wet (monsoon Chamba) climate allowing sufficient ventilation while sweating it out pushing steep uphill. On top of that you carry a rain jacket to break out the cold wind and rains at higher altitudes. While camping you add a lightweight fleece + rain jacket + S15 sleeping bag + thermocoil mat + T2 tent to stay surprisingly warm 90% of the nights.

The rest of the weight goes to electronics: phone, power bank, power cables required for navigation and photography. A pair of lightweight fiber hiking poles to cross streams and glaciers / snow. And all of that packed up nicely in ziplocks and plastics to stay dry during rains. That’s pretty much it. Sport shoes of course don’t last long on the sharp rocky terrain, I wore out some 3 pairs over 2.5 months.

What’s the balance for you with climbing and running?

There is fine balance between both mainly dictated by steepness and amount of luggage you carry. Most uphills and steep downhills you power hike / climb up / down. Flats and gradual downhills you can run at an easy pace although it is challenging with 7kg on the back. Running at higher altitudes adds to the challenge given the thin air to fuel your oxygen craving body while running. Running on technical trails gives a certain high / rush, while hiking at a slower pace allows one to take in / experience his beautiful surroundings more intensely. Being a passionate photographer I frequently interrupt my run / walk to capture the perfect frame and carrying back beautiful moments to inspire others in my footsteps.

A word about your fitness regime? How did you prepare for this epic expedition?

Workout frequently. Diet nothing.

I am not a gym person but prefer to sweat it out in the outdoors. I run 3-4 times during weekday mornings in trails, hills, beaches of Chennai city. Most calories get burned however during the weekends when we usually go for a 100km trail run somewhere in the hills of South with some 15-30 like minded souls. Running uphill and downhill in uneven trails gives the best strengthening for legs, core and the heart. With an annual hill trail running mileage of some 3 to 4000 km and 1 lakh of elevation gain physical fitness is in place. Again, more than physical it’s a mental game up there in the Himalayas so a tough mindset is as important. Part of this has grown over the years during hundreds of wilderness hiking expeditions as part of the Chennai Trekking Club overcoming natural and other obstacles in South Indian jungles.

The hot humid climate in the Eastern ghats of South squeeze you more and toughen you for more challenging climate. I ve been biking, cycling and running in the Himalayas for quite a few years and acclimatization usually goes quite fast. Even hopping across Hampta pass from Kullu to Lahaul in 1.5 days did not seem a roadblock. With respect to braving cold weather in higher altitudes, after 20 years soaking in hot Chennai, I still seem to have a little bit of the cold childhood winters left in my Belgian DNA to survive the cold nights with minimal gears.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Have a regular fitness regime – twice a week 10k hill run near the city or a longer one in the weekends really helps to strengthen the muscles and increase the lung capacity for the huge elevation gain and higher altitudes in the Himalayas. Secondly, get used to walking on rocky uneven trails – I see many newbies struggling to balance while walking on loose rocks in Himalayas. Ensure to have done sufficient hiking in lower altitudes before moving up.

Thirdly spent some time in bad weather – cold rains in hill stations, cold nights in mountains with limited clothing to toughen up for the cold climate. Many South Indians really struggle braving the colder climate up there.
Fourth – and most important – minimize your luggage – I’ve seen so many hikers struggling trying to push up their 60 liters / 25kg backpacks while climbing up. More than the trails, steepness and altitude they are fighting their own baggage while hiking struggling rather than enjoying the journey.

As a self supported hiker it’s also important to possess a basic understanding of topographic maps and navigation to find your way in no man’s land. Over the years I’ve put together a nice practical navigation bootcamp which can be found on our web site chennaitrekkers.org. Finally, proceed step by step – start with some of the easier or moderate passes before moving onto the more challenging ones. I detailed lot of info on each of the 40 passes crossed on my website ultrajourneys.org so pick out the right ones first.

Commander Satyabrata Dam once casually remarked about ‘stitching the passes of Dhauladhars, climb from on, descend from another and thus trek all the way from Dharmshala to Kullu”. Can we see Peter doing something like this in the future?

If you check my hiking route on ultrajourneys.org you can actually see that I touched quite a few of the known passes across the Dhauladhars range between Kullu and Dharamshala including Kaliheni, Thamsar, Jalsu and Indrahar. Bad weather and fresh snow in mid September prevented me from crossing more giving me a reason to return next year.

Similarly, I covered many passes across the Pin Panjal range separating Chamba from Pangi and Lahaul including the Chaini, Darati, Chobia and Kugti passes, mainly used by shepherds. The toughest one among all – Kalicho – is waiting for next summer.

Next year’s todo list also includes the lesser known passes into the remote Pangi valleys of Sural, Saichu and Miyar. This year I touched Rupin and Buran across the high ranges separating Kinnaur and Shimla – another 3-4 are waiting to be covered next year. Finally, I am also eager to include many more passes in Ladakh in between Leh and Zanksar documented on the Oxylane maps. All this together, should give us at least 40-50 more for next summer between July-Sep. In Spring 2019 (Mar-June) I am eager to explore some passes in Northeast including Arunachal.

Fresh snow on the Pin Parvati (5300m) glacier while crossing early September from the lush green Kullu valley to the high altitude desert of Spiti.

Hiking up a glacier towards an unknown pass (5100m) deep in the Saichu valley leading to the interior Miyar valley in Pangi

The Lar La pass (4670m) on the way from Shade village to Zangla in Zanskar, Ladakh.

How is climbing/trekking in India different from the Western World?

I have limited hiking or climbing experience at higher altitudes in the West. When I was young however, my parents used to take me on moderate 1 day hikes in the Swiss alps during the summers. What I do remember was tons of clearly marked hiking routes and nice touristic restaurants / cafes along these routes. Hikers also respect nature – no garbage is thrown, no alpine flowers are stepped on. Hiking maps are freely available and there is a huge economic boom through influx of independent nature loving hikers.

Himachal has a huge unlocked economic potential for independent hikers if the the government / tourism department would clearly mark some of the trails with proper food & shelter along the way. Not just the tougher high altitude passes but easy trails between hundreds of hamlets in the beautiful lesser known valleys of Chamba, Barot, Pangi, Miyar, Lug, Parvati, etc. Right now there is no central organized place / maps with details available for the average citizen.

Instead of this, I see commercial groups taking out (baby sitting) thousands of (many unfit) youngsters to few popular places covering short stretches hand-holded like a line of penguins, unfit to carry their own luggage, not respecting nature and leaving a trail of garbage near the campsites. Quite the complete opposite of the independent individual hikers in the European alps.

Peter braving the cold in the rain beneath a small tarp sheet sleeping at 4100m altitude below the Chobia pass (4966m)
A word about the shepherds of Himalaya?

Your best friends in the remotest corners of Chamba, Pangi, Lahaul, Kinnaur, Kullu are the shepherds.

Every summer from May to October they navigate their herds of hundreds of sheep and goats from the plains and lower Himalayas to the higher altitude meadows across various shortcuts / passes. No one knows the trails better than them. They are happy to welcome the lonely hiker with fresh tea, food and night shelter and show you in the right direction to your next destination. They are excellent hikers in plain clothing carrying their own shelter and food along with them. Some of the best moments in Himachal I spent as a guest of the shepherds who go out of their way to treat you with great hospitality. Humanity which we lost in our civilizations can still be found in the remotest places of our planet.

I saw that you were accompanied by few people on some trails. Was that a planned companionship or you’d met them on the trail?

A few friends from the Chennai Trekking Club were planning a short 1-2 week hike this year in various parts of Himachal between July and Sep. I planned my 2.5 months journey to span all the individual plans such that every 2 weeks I would pick up some of them at a planned location and date, giving a few days of acclimatization each time before heading back to higher altitudes. Tough out of 40 passes I did most of them solo as many of the guys were mentally not ready for the terrain and climate as per my observation.

Although it’s nice to have human company (preferably just 1 or 2 with same attitude) when traveling in remote places, I really enjoyed the solo moments the most giving a more independent, free and peaceful experience, defining my own pace and schedule. On most days I would anyway come across some shepherds or horsemen or cowherders in the valleys below the passes. In Zanskar, Ladakh you come across European hikers (accompanied by guides and horsemen) in many places, not seen in the lesser known valleys of Himachal.

Your future plans in Himachal Pradesh/India?

Himachal Pradesh is just a tiny part of the Indian Himalayas which stretches out from J&K all the way to Arunachal so no doubt there are hundreds of passes waiting out there to be explored. I also really want to retrace some of the more remote (off) trails documented by Sathya on his blog in his memory as a mentor.

Without inspirations like him I would not have gone where I have been this year. My heart feels heavy for the sad loss to the hiking community. I hope to hike many more years in the Himalayas and document the same on my blog to motivate others to follow my footsteps.

Additionally, I am eager to step one level up to mountaineering. Thinking of signing up for BMC and AMC and joining some of the mountaineering expeditions led by the army. Where I can go in my preferred ultra mode (light and fast) in the current trails / passes, mountaineering would be a different game scaling peaks with more technical gears and much lower pace over longer periods.

I hope Peter pulls off many more such superhuman feats in the future and keeps motivating the lesser mortals like us to climb higher.

Crossing 40 Passes in 75 Days – Peter Van Geit’s ‘Ultra’ Love Affair with the Himalaya
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Destination Sach Pass (साच पास ) – Return via Jot Pass

Destination Sach Pass (साच पास ) – Return via Jot Pass
September 2, 2011 Tarun

It was cold and our brains stopped working and just two kilometers before the Sach Pass, we thought that we had reached at the top of the pass.

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I imagined this to be the top of the pass, we reached this spot, obviously snow walls were not this much high. We stopped our motorcycle and looked around, it was all snow and stones lying hither-thither, forming a randomly organized pattern. It was a silent agreement between us that we [can] not go beyond Sach Pass into the Pangi Valley considering the road conditions and our mental condition.

However, we kept on riding and saw two shepherds walking towards the pass top. Inquiring, we got to know that we were about to do one of the biggest mistakes of our life by turning around from the previous spot. However, we were lucky enough to find them and the ride continued further. A temple, an emergency shed, and snow all around, that comprises the Sach Pass.

Herd of 1800. The trail lasted 500 meters, near Kalaban

Approaching Kalaban, 3500 meters

If the road closes down at this point from both sides, there is plenty of snow all around. Either you eat snow, or it will eat you.

While coming back, we wanted to capture some photographs but nature has its own ways. The near zero visibility had now turned to absolute zero visibility. We somehow managed to ride downhill and reached at the Police check-post at Satrundi. Kilad was still 75 kilometers away from the top of the pass and roads conditions were not going to be better until we had reached Keylong. The decision of coming back was good and sensible. I guess we managed not to cross the thin line between bravery and foolishness. It is always advisable to fall back if you have slightest of the doubts because with doubts, you don’t and should not mess with the Himalayas.

Dhaba at Satrundi was unlike other dhabas I have seen because the rates were not sky-high. Money matters because there is a huge difference between a tourist and a ghumakkad (घुमक्कड़ ) . A tourist plans a tour once in a year. He can afford to pay INR 15 for a cup of tea but for a ghummakad (घुमक्कड़), monetary balance matters a lot. If you drink one tea every 50 kilometers then it turns out to be 15 cups of tea for 750 kilometers, total distance traveled in the journey was 750 km. Now, for two it becomes 30 cups of tea, which means INR 450 spent exclusively on tea, which can buy you at least 6 liter of gasoline with which you can ride 210 more kilometers with an average of 35 kmpl.

Now all this might sound very cheap talk to tourists but ask a ghumakkad and he will understand all these figures and facts instantaneously.

So coming to the point, that dhaba was a good place to eat, dine, and drink. I did not inquire about night accommodation but I am sure if one is coming back from Sach Pass and it is late in the evening, say post 5 P.M., stop your journey at Satrundi itself. We had plenty of time with us and we decided to go to Chamba on the very same day so that we could go to the Jot Pass, which was not included in the original plan. The roads are not bad in Chamba just that they are narrow. Until Tissa village, roads were single lane and from Tissa to Chamba, the roads can be termed anything between one & half lane and double lane.

We left for Chamba, it was already 8 P.M. We lost our way twice or may be thrice, and reached Chamba by 9 P.M.

As they always say, the last few kilometers always hurt and they always do. Motorcycle rides in the hilly regions should never be time bound because if you are running after time, chances of you killing yourself in an accident are every high. We were riding as fast as 75kmph from Tissa to Chamba and the destination was nowhere to be seen. After a long run, we finally reached Chamba.

Moving forward, we left for Hamirpur early in the morning and the plans had changed overnight. We decided to go to Khajjiar because that place is nothing less than heavens for a photographer. My friend kept clicking photographs and he remained busy for more than two hours. His face was beaming with joy; a place changing moods with every passing minute is all that a photographer needs. Khajjiar Lake changed its colors, shades, reflections, and appearance many times that day. However, we were not lucky enough to see the Manimahesh Kailash, as it is believed that lucky ones get to see the peak of the Manimahesh Kailash located in the Bharmour region of Chamba. We left for Jot Pass in the afternoon, kept looking for free food stalls, in the name of gods obviously.

The Khajji Cottage

The Khajjiar Lake.

115 feet Lord Shiva near Khajjiar

Jot Pass stands at a height of 2880 meters above the sea level. One wise man once said that without crossing over the Jot Pass you never get to know what reaching Chamba means. Jot Pass overlooks the Chuwadi Valley and it is 23 kilometers away from the top of the Pass.

The Shiva Statue

Luckily for us, it did not rain when we were in Chamba because rains in Chamba are dangerous because they bring landslides with them.

This trip changed my definitions and perceptions about passes. For me, Rohtang Pass was the toughest pass but Sach Pass has forced me to change my reference points with regard to the toughest pass of Himachal, as of now. Now, I am 100% sure that once we head into the Pangi Valley, our definitions of risk, danger and difficulty are going to change forever.

Watch the Toughness of the Sach Pass

Destination Sach Pass (साच पास ) – Return via Jot Pass
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