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.
For more personal photos from the Ladakhi Himalayan region be sure to follow “nomadruss” on Instagram.
I love the Himalayas. I grew up in the Kumaon range. Shall drive to Leh and Ladakh next year
You sure grew up in an amazing area! And yes, the drive to Leh is incredible…
I look forward to that! This year, I have Benares (Varanasi), Allahabad and a couple of other places on the cards
Outstanding project! There is nothing sadder than the feeling of inadequacy that greets you when you don’t know how to help an injured person. Gaining these skills (in my case it took multiple attempts) empowers you. This is really a win/win for everyone. Great documentation!
Thanks Mrs. P, I appreciate the encouraging words on their good work. And way to persevere and pick up some skills yourself!
Great job, Russ!
Great job, Russ!
Appreciate that Mrs. Higle!
This is a very timely project, providing useful skills as everyone has said. Thanks for sharing again.
Jeremy actually used many of these skills responding to the earthquake in Pakistan back in 2004. It’s part of what gave him the idea to train in these remote, mountainous areas.
Oh, looking forward to the rock climbing seminar! : )
Interesting work you get up to, Russ.
Always looking for adventure. : )
Thanks for sharing the wonderful work of the IMLI – I can well imagine the importance of prompt and experienced first aid in wilderness areas – literally, life saving. I’ll look forward to the next post.
It’s true Vicki, there are regions of Ladakh where it can take a couple of days to reach definitive medical care. Having the skills to treat the patient and keep them comfortable can be life saving.
Wow, this was a pretty riveting post. I am fascinated with what they’re doing.over there. That must have been quite an experience.
It was great, I’ve always enjoyed the opportunity to work with them!