The final component of the International Mountain Leadership Institute’s training was a swift-water rescue training led by Spencer Davis and Josh Martin, both expert certified paddlers and instructors hailing from North Carolina. Both of them donated their time to make the training happen. The training was attended by some of Ladakh’s finest established rafting companies such as Splash and Luna Ladakh, as well as those interested in joining the field. Nima and Gyaltso from Splash and Skarma and Dorjey from Luna Ladakh were in their second year and led some of the sessions. It was great watching Spencer mentor them. Next year they’ll lead even more of the training.
As the week drew to a close, the All Ladakh Tour Operators Association held a ceremony to honor the instructors and to allow government officials to watch rescue demonstrations. There were a few speeches, and then all of the instructors were honored with gifts. By all accounts, the week of first aid, rock climbing and swift-water rescue training was a huge success.
I really must visit!
You really must!
You’re just so lucky. Know you enjoyed watching and documenting the training. And even more being in the presence of those majestic and powerful Himalayas. How does it feel?
It’s a bit surreal standing along the Indus; the Stok Range of Himalaya on one side of you, the Ladakh Range on the other side. Along with all creation, it makes me sing praises to the Maker of it all!
Wonderful photos…as usual! What I really want to know is how do they get the line all the way across the river to the other side when doing the rescue?
Generally, one of the experienced guides crosses the river to set the anchor on the other shore. As long as its safe for one to do so.
Thanks for answering my question…good to know.
Beautiful pictures! It looks like the institute is making some great progress, and I’m sure you loved every minute of this training!
Where’s the next story going to take you?
Hey Tara, the next story will be back on the Changtang plateau with some Tibetan nomads!