Articles by Shail Desai
Jul 08, 2019
Pushing the boundaries: David Göttler on attempting to scale Mt Everest without supplementary oxygenAt a time when commercial climbing on Mt Everest (8,850m) is setting new highs — and lows — David Göttler, 40, and his climbs over the years present a striking contrast.
Jun 25, 2019
Atop Mt Everest or not? Climbers challenge Haryana trio's claim of scaling world's highest peakMt Everest, the highest peak in the world, has attracted thousands of mountaineers and adventure seekers for decades. On 26 May, three climbers from Haryana — Vikas Rana, Shobha Banwala and Ankush Kasana, claimed to have summited its peak. But the climbers' community have their doubts based on evidence, or the glaring lack of it.
Jun 16, 2019
How Priyanka Mohite made history as the first Indian woman to scale 8,000-metre-high Mt MakaluPriyanka Mohite, a 26-year-old mountaineer from Maharashtra's Satara, became the first woman in India to scale Mt Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,485 metres. Mohite achieved the feat on 15 May this year.
May 16, 2019
Free Solo: How rock climber Alex Honnold scaled the 3,000-feet-high vertical face of Yosemite's El CapitanAmerican free solo climber, Alex Honnold, talks about his fears, injuries, and the years leading up to his conquering of the mighty El-Capitan.
Mar 13, 2019
Runner's high: How Brijmohan 'Breeze' Sharma completed a daunting 200-mile race in AustraliaA mountaineer at heart, Brijmohan Sharma decided to take on the Delirious W.E.S.T., a 218-mile race (350.7 kilometres) with a 104-hour cutoff for a successful finish.
Mar 12, 2019
March through the mountains: Peter Van Geit's solo journey through 40 Himalayan passes on footStruck by the natural beauty of India, Belgian citizen Peter Van Geit decided to leave his country and explore Indian landscapes, first on his bike, and then on foot. He undertook his most testing trip in 2018 — a 75-day journey across 40 passes in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir, which was self-supported and solo.
Feb 27, 2019
In the Himalayas, growing population of feral dogs poses threat to wildlife, humansThe explosion of tourism, the lack of proper garbage disposal mechanism, and hyribidisation of breeds has led to a growth in feral dog population, leading to attacks on livestock, wildlife, and humans.
Feb 09, 2019
Bachendri Pal's ascent of Mount Everest was just a stepping stone in her endeavour to touch people's lives positivelyAt 1.07 pm, Pal took the final steps towards the summit alongside Dorjee. She went down on her knees and put her forehead on the snow, kissing the crown of the world.
Jan 29, 2019
On the road: A school teacher's travels in the Himalayas on a scooter, amid breakdowns and bad weatherThough a scooter is not really fit for high altitudes or tough conditions, Narender Kumar Gautam chose the vehicle because of its charm and storage capacity. He has named the scooter Shaan, which means snow leopard in Ladakhi
Jan 11, 2019
In the world of extreme sports, a few women are defying stereotypes and inspiring others to join inKopal Goyal hopes to create a community where women have a platform to share their stories, exchange notes on alternate sports and take them to others who are interested.