2nd February 2014: A report from Harshit Kaushik, Doon International School, Dehra Dun
Do not go where the path may lead, go indeed where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Keeping the same spirit high this time, we the Award aspirants of Doon International School, Dehra Dun conquered Bhadraj peak - 9000 feet. Walking into the lap of nature with her beauty at its best, all the students gave a good account of stamina and self motivation.
The lap was a part of our Award journey for the Gold and Silver Awards, with 41 participants. After having a technical session of Do's and Don'ts by our escort teacher Ravi Dutt, we all proceeded towards a village, a distance of two hours. After reaching there, we started our trek for Bhadraj peak with a lot of spirit and enthusiasm. The journey was of 21 km on one side and therefore tiring but we were determined to reach the summit. We had to take a circuitous route in which we had to take care of ourselves and our team members at every step. Someone rightly said "never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top of a mountain, then you will see how low it was". Keeping the same thing in mind we all kept ascending and finally after the adventurous journey, we reached at the top at 1600 hrs. After having a long relaxation period at the peak we started our descent back to the village. On the way we faced many difficulties but we didn't lose hope. Finally we came down to the village at 2300hrs.
It was overall a wonderful lifetime experience for all of us. After coming down we had the satisfaction of knowing that we had conquered a peak situated at 9000 ft because now we believe that the greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. Click for pictures