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A great trek with great set of people. The one thing which we all notice in all the treks is, we start as complete strangers( sometimes we feel shy to even give a handshake and introduce ourselves) and with 2 days complete, no one else to talk to, other than 18 people, we all end up knowing each other so well. And this is something which every such trek gives all of us added to the learning about the new place. Some Chinese philosopher had said that to learn about life by traveling 1 Mile is equivalent to reading 1000 miles of text. And we did it complete 2 days. And this would not have been possible without the great characters who made this trip so good.
The list is as per the mail.
1. Rishi, a physically fit smoker, who was our front end to the Mallu people, we did not know whether he translated everything perfectly to the people, but without him guess we would have struggled hard. Well coming back to the fitness part, he started fit but ended up breaking his leg for just getting lift from a bus.
2. Subramanian, A mature photographer and a responsible trekker. He was independent through out and took great pics with his camera. Without him God’s own country would have gone uncaptured.
3. Boopalan, A guy who had great convincing skills in making people climb as fat as Prasad (11 in the list). He made Prasad climb the whole peak saying “macha innu konjam dan”. A great candidate for any sweeper post in CTC.
4,5. Arun Sakthivel and Satish (red brothers), Well could not separate them in this write-up since they were college classmates and though this was their first trek in CTC and they did great. Mature and caring friends.
6. Pravar, a Tech guy who is a great climber too, but we all needed little more brains to understand his techie jokes and analysis.
7,8,9. . Gokul, Murali and Satish : How can someone write about The 3 Musketeers in 3 different books. Here they are, all three great trekkers with great stamina. Gokul, an awesome organizer, such a responsible and patient guy. Murali, a fun loving-guy and very caring. Caring because it is really hard to care for an already engaged girl. A request to the organizers to have Not Married/Not Engaged as the 1st check for the girls to enroll for treks. :). Satish, called as Doctor because of his indecipherable handwriting, was not well during the trek but was an expert trekker even then. and We owe these 3 much more than anyone in the trek, for taking care of sheela, making campfires possible in a jiffy, Proper Accounts and so many. All 3 are planning to set up a business, and I know they will surpass every hurdle and win to set up a great one.
10. Rohit, An independent trekker who needed no help in anything . His sole gave up but still he managed to climb all the way up with his tinkering techniques.
11. Prasad, The fun-loving HUGE(huge in smalls did not look HUGE) companion of Boopalan, He could blow out air and create a cyclone, we realized it when he blew and the camp fire which was flaring suddenly lost all its flame in the air.
12 . Krishna, A great photographer and responsible and caring person. He would be a great organizer soon. He is mature in thinking, having experienced more flavours of life than many of us.
13. Vishal, Our tiny organizer, first looking at him in the bus stop doubted whether this guy will be able to take us for the trek, but he was good. He was not well but was able to take care of him and us. But very talkative and constantly pulling others legs, which did bring some fun in the group.
14. Sheela, Cool girl with loads of patience, her absence in the trek would have killed all the fun we had. A Permanent Target for the one whom she follows in this list. Very broad-minded and this write-up will be incomplete without specifying about her new language called “PEHLEEE…”.
15. Narender, An experienced trekker , biker and photographer who made the trek team stronger with his experience. He got a new nick name which sounds very similar to “Orion” . Murali will be able to clarify.
16. Rama Krishna, Another experienced trekker who has loads to share with people. He has been to many places, I wonder how does he remember so much. He wont stop if he starts talking, and if you are near him you will most probably be in ONLY-Listen mode.
17. Yashaswini, A girl with a smile always lighting up her face. When others where finding hard to even walk in that incline, she could manage some somersaults and kept us entertained.
Everybody in the above list is a Gem, Wishing you all the best in whatever you do and we will definitely meet each other in the coming treks.
God Bless all the GEMs !
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After a long break from trekking I finally decided to go for “The green paradise” trek. It wasn’t very difficult to break the ice. The six of us who started from bangalore got talking on various trekking experiences as soon as we got seated on the bus. We were all amazed by the amount of facts that Ramakrishna can actually fit in his brain and how his vocal cord allowed him to speak non-stop.
The next day morning we reached kalpetta were we met the rest of the group. All of us had our breakfast and headed towards our first destination, “chembara peak”. We decided to take our jeeps to a certain point from where we could start our trek. Thanks to Rishi who with his mixture of all the south indian languages managed to negotiate a reasonable price for our jeeps. We got a glimpse of the most beautiful tea estate as our jeeps proceeded uphill. We got down near our trek point and start climbing, it was a steep climb. We found the hridhaya saras lake somewhere in the middle of our climb, we chilled out there for a while and resumed our journey to reach the highest peak of Kerala. The entire city looked mesmerizing from that height.
Climbing down the hill is where the whole trek became more interesting and humorous. Our bomb shell Yash, who lead the way while climbing became our little puppy who rolled down the hill more than she climbed down. How can I forget Rohit who walked in a shoe without a sole. And there is Rishi who decided to fly down the hill rather than climbing down. I am amazed people even recognized him when he went back home as I could see more of his inside skin rather than the upper layer.
By 5:15 everybody was down, tired and exhausted we went searching for our camping sight which we found it in kazhapuzha near a beautiful lake. Most of us started to work, to make our nights warmer while some were working to calm down our grumbling stomach. It was an entirely different experience cooking maggi and soup on top of three stones, stirring it with a stick and eating it in a bowl sitting around the bonfire. I was accused of kissing the fire instead of blowing into it, Vishal even claims that I invented a new language while doing so. After we had our stomach’s fill we laid down starring at our natural blanket. Someone started a discussion on various constellations. Orion’s belt or something which sounds close to it was the highlight of the discussion. We slept soon as we were all enervated. Next day, we woke up to the most serene and beautiful morning. We could never forget the crimson sun rising from the mist filled sky, the most wonderful dawn ever.
We finished our morning chores and started walking towards the soochipara water falls. After we had a nice bath we chilled out, sipping our lime sodas and honeyed amla. How can I forget Prasad, who was inventing different ways to make our bhelpuri tastier. I must say we have a wonderful chef in making. Our globe saver Agasthian made sure none of our dumps were left behind. So, on behalf of everyone hats off to him.
Chennai people had to leave early, while 8 of us from Bangalore and Coimbatore relaxed on the kozhikode beach. We pulled each other’s legs, got to know each other better. We even got a glimpse of a Malayalam movie shooting. The day was closing and so was our trek. All of us had our dinner and left for our respective destinations.
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