There is no better way to fitness than climbing and trekking mountains. Hours of gently paced walking on oxygen-rich, unpolluted hills and watching the spectacular scenery of forests, rivers and mountains unfold before you is ambrosiac for both the mind and the body. But without the right equipment, the mountains can turn from heaven to hell in no time.
Adventure equipment is slowly gaining its rightful foothold in India, with increased interest and sales sparking the availability of bigger and better ranges of products. Here are a few of the latest that you must pack before your next trek.
Bear Grylls Gerber Ultimate Survival Kit
A 4.5x5 inches waterproof pouch packed with an ungodly 16 basic survival essentials, and a pocket guide to survival. Meant for extreme adverse situations, but can easily be used as a cool tool to troubleshoot on the trail, available at Adventure 18, Rs 5,100.
Extremely durable and completely waterproof, this solar charger rolls down to a tiny tube that weighs next to nothing, and rolls out to give you a solar panel that will charge cameras, GPS systems, satellite phones, mobile phones and laptops, available at Adventure 18, Rs 24,300.
Quechua T2 dome tent
This two-person tent offers a comfortable 2.1x1.5m space when pitched, but squeezes into an incredible 55x20cm bag when folded. Perfect for hiking and summer trekking, available at Adventure 18, Rs 3,000.
Suunto Core Extreme Edition Everest
The legendary Finnish watchmaker’s tribute to possibly the world’s greatest active mountaineer, Apa Sherpa, who holds the record of climbing Mount Everest 21 times. This limited-edition watch comes equipped with an altimeter with altitude log memory, barometer with storm alarm, compass, and digital thermometer, available at Adventure 18, Rs 17,500.
Coleman Pack-Away Lantern
A compact and rugged lantern perfect for use inside or outside a tent while camping. Runs on four AA batteries that can give you 12 hours of light on low setting, and 5 hours on high, available at Trekkers Point, Rs 2,600.
Berghaus Freeflow 30+6 Day Pack
A nonabsorbent mesh system at the back makes sure there is air circulation,and the pack is not sticking to your sweatdrenched back.
The base is extrathick for durability,and you can fit on a hydration pack as well, available at Adventure 18, Rs 4,660.
Adventure 18 (www.adventure18.com), 18,Satya Niketan, New Delhi; and Trekkers Point (www.trekkerspoint.com), Plaza Building, Connaught Place, New Delhi.