Still I remember the moment, sitting in a trailer beneath the hot Texas sun. I was with Jeremy Higle, the founder and director of the International Mountain Leadership Institute (IMLI). We shared a couple of things in common, a love for the mountains in the Himalaya region, and a love for the people that live among them. Jeremy suggested we do something to be of assistance in the development of the region, and I heartily agreed. What separated us from that point on was the taking of action.
Over the past decade I’ve watched from afar as Jeremy established and grew the International Mountain Leadership Institute (IMLI). From early crevass rescue trainings in the Balti region of Pakistan to current first aid, swift-water rescue, and rock-climbing training’s in Ladakh, India, IMLI has become one of the preeminent development organizations in the region. The number of volunteers working with IMLI has grown along with it and it’s the work of volunteers that helps lend the organization its strength.
While I’ve participated in past trainings, Jeremy asked if I could document the work that IMLI is doing this time around. Many thanks to those of you who contributed financially and with your prayers to make this trip possible. This week we’ll take a look at IMLI’s Community First Responder Course, and then will follow with a look at the rock-climbing and swift-water rescue portions.
All of the photos that follow were taken during the Community First Responder Course held in Ladakh, India from April 28th-30th, 2014.
Next week we’ll take a look at the rock-climbing seminar. If you’d like to donate to the work of IMLI, just click on the link at the top of the page and follow the donation directions.
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