Chamonix’s Te Crew has headed out for a two-month expedition to India. The team includes Alex Marchesseau, Florent Gex, Remi Peschier and Romain Aubrun.
The team’s mission is two-fold, first of which is a ski and monoski descent of the 55˚ northwest arête of 7075m Satopanth in the Garhwal Himalaya. The expedition involves (got your Google Earth ready?) a 3-day approach from the village of Gangotri (3000m) up the Gangotri glacier, past Shivling to their base camp at 4800 meters. From there they will place Camp 1 at 5500m, C2 at 6000m and C3 at 6400m.
The second half of the expedition is to head south to the Mt Abu climbing school in Rajasthan with a load of climbing gear. Their goal is to contribute the gear and their efforts to the climbing school which helps underprivileged children from Mumbai’s suburbs.
After traveling in several third world countries, Te Crew is re-interpreting the idea of expeditions in third world countries and it is
their plan to do their best to help improve living conditions in the countries that welcome them. Nice one, gents.
Satopanth is located in Gangotri National Park near the western border of Nepal. Apparently it’s the source of the Ganges river – cool.
Mount Abu (1722m) is in the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary in southern Rajasthan about
100 km west of Udaipur. It is a highly-symbolic place where Hindus go to pray at the many temples.
Te Crew is an organization of young Chamoniards who are passionate about all things alpine. Their purpose is to help young people achieve their alpine objectives and to look beyond their cultural horizons.
The crew plans to be back in Chamonix on November 7th. Follow their blog at http://www.suraksitayatra.blogspot.com/.