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Climbing & Equality – A Lesson For The World

Rich – Poor : Male – Female : Able Body – Disability : Black – White : Nationalist – Internationalist : Old – Young :  Language > All factors that are used to highlight a divide between people.

Having just spent a few days at the Girihivihar International Climbing Competition in Belapur, Navi Mumbai, I was struck by how these ‘divisions’ disappears through climbing.


Philippe Ribière

 – Petzl Team Climber


Komal – 12 years old – Aasrewadi Village – Magic Bus Centre for L & D




A new adventure – starting young?


Jyoti Raju – ‘The Indian Monkey Man’

An inspiration on climbing as a means of escaping poverty


Women engaged in sport. Breaking barriers on perceptions of gender.


Vaibhav Mehta – Inspirational, and the first ‘professional’ rock climber in India! One of the ‘route setters’ – he was so engrossed in seeing people go at the problems he set. You could see him ‘living’ the experience with the climbers! Modesty personified.

I will write more on this event and experience, but for now I invite you to look through a selection of images. Look at the expressions and you may get an understanding of how everyone achieved something – be it physical, social, emotional, inspirational …

A full set of the images can be seen on my Facebook Page –

and on my Flickr Site as a slideshow –

A selection are shown here. Click on an image and it will open a slideshow that will give you a flavour of the event, and my experience of it…



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