Illustrated talks - "Climbing High Mountains"


Dear Friends,

Let us welcome the New Year with an exciting lecture series! We are delighted to have two presentations in the first lecture series of the year.

Venue: The Mysore Association Bombay, 393, Bhau Daji Road, Matunga East, Mumbai 400019
Time: Tuesday, 6th January 2015 at 07.00 pm till 08:30 pm
Registration: Rs.50/- (Kindly register your names at the Himalayan Club office as mentioned below, either by Email, or through phone, or by Paying online through our website or in person.)

Our speakers will motivate us to climb higher through their presentations.

“Climbing Mt. Manaslu” by Kuntal Joisher   (07:00 pm to 07:30 pm)

Mumbai resident, Kuntal Joisher became the 2nd Indian civilian to summit the world's eighth highest mountain, Mt. Manaslu, located in Mansiri part of the Nepalese Himalayas. He achieved this feat on October 1st, 2014. The name Manaslu, means "Mountain of the Spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul". Joisher will take the audience through a trek on the ancient salt-trading route along the steep sided Budhi Gandaki river to Manaslu Base Camp, then the climb to the summit and back.

“Silicon Valley to High Mountains” by Olya Lapina   (07:30 pm to 08:30 pm)

“Passionate explorers are likely to become entrepreneurs.” In this talk, Olya will share about balancing her life as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and a high altitude mountaineer. She will cover overcoming adversities, mental stamina, physical training and being prepared, as well as choosing the right team to climb a mountain with and the applying the lessons learned in the mountains to work and life.
Some of her musings are how to start climbing? How to research for expeditions? How to deal with mental preparation? How to train physically and mentally prior to a climb? What is the single best quality identified in both a mountaineer and an entrepreneur that is above all other important qualities?

Olya will talk about thinking even bigger, beyond her own path - with a focus on social entrepreneurship and climbing for cause.

About the Speakers:
Kuntal Joisher

Kuntal Joisher has a background of high end computer science and engineering as well as top end mountaineering in some of the toughest and tallest mountains of the world. After his MS degree from the US he has had rich experience of managing large teams and has served as a country head for a rapidly growing IT start-up in India. Currently Kuntal is spending time balancing his professional life, with mountaineering which is his true passion. Kuntal has been a member of 2012, and 2013 Himalayan Club sponsored exploratory expeditions in the Uttarakhand Himalayas (first ascent of Basisi Col, and Nakorche peak).

Olya Lapina

Olya Lapina is a San Francisco entrepreneur, and an early stage angel investor and advisor in technology start-ups. She is currently working on her own company that promises to be a great resource to adventurers as well as an inspiration for youth to get involved in outdoor sports. Olya is passionate about mountain climbing and pushing her own limits. In her free time she enjoys ice-climbing as well as rock climbing. Her ultimate joy comes from inspiring others to explore their limits and translating lessons learned in mountaineering into advising on team building, goal setting, leadership, and risk management. In 2014, Olya climbed a high peak each month, some of them being Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mont Blanc, Mt. Elbrus etc. She is the first Russian female to summit Aconcagua via Polish Glacier Direct technical route. In the future, Olya thrives to climb for cause and bring awareness to what needs our attention.

Let us meet on the 6th January 2015 and make this programme a success!

Nandini Purandare
The Himalayan Club

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