Kashmir Climbing Relief Update
More than 50 climbers and mountaineers have offered to help transport crucial supplies to earthquake stricken villages in Kashmir, but so far permission has not been granted for them to enter the area.
Posted: 5 December 2005
A bit of an update on the progress of the appeal for experienced
climbers and mountaineers to help transport supplies to
earthquake-hit villages in Kashmir which we told you about
a couple of weeks ago.
The good news is that there's been a tremendous response with more
than 50 volunteers from Iran, Europe, the USA and Canada coming
forward in response to the appeal from NGO, ADEPT.
In addition, ADEPT tell us that they've had offers of equipment
both free and at a reduced price from Vango and Force Ten company AMG
Outdoors, while WL Gore are using their huge network of contacts
within the outdoors industry to further the appeal.
The latest situation is a little confused with the team still
awaiting permission to go to Kashmir, however the team is putting
together a detailed plan, so that if and when permission is obtained,
it can move as quickly and effectivel as possible and in conjunction
with local climbers.
Possible options include setting up a skills training school to
enable locals to move safely in harzardous winter mountain conditions
as well as the actual movement of supplies on the ground.
Until the project is definitely 'on' though, it's hard for the
organisers to obtain funding, though if you're prepared to get
involved in raising funds, with a potential alternative use should
the Kashmir operation fall through, then there's no reason not
It's great to see what is usually a basically selfish recreational
activity, potentially doing a lot of good in a desperate situation,
so let's help things move forward soon. More information when we have
For more details see here
or contact UK organiser Douglas
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