Courses

 
img-19 THE SCOPE AND PHILOSOPHY OF TRAINING
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THE SCOPE AND PHILOSOPHY OF TRAINING
�There will be no lack of adventure of the mind and body for those who are prepared to venture into uncharted seas and climb unknown Peaks� said Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru during inauguration of HMI. Mountaineering is an art and science and not merely a physical activity. It is one of the finest sports but to practice it without training and technique is deliberate suicide. Training promotes caution and clear thinking. It avoids fatigue, danger and improves safety. A mountaineer must not only learn climbing but also understand the mountains. Mountaineering enables you to see further from a greater height. It gives you the joy of discovery and an aspiration to live.

It is difficult for the uninitiated to understand fully the benefits derived from Mountaineering. It is an activity which exercises and develops the best mental, moral and physical faculties in a person. Training is aimed to develop self confidence, endurance, preservation, determination and the spirit of adventure. More than anything else it enables a person to discover himself anew. It is a form of sport in which material gains are negligible and one has to toil hard up the gradient towards an ever receding objective with an iron will and resolve in the face of many odds. A Mountaineer is always a gainer even though he may not reach the summit. He learns to appreciate the virtue of sacrifice, the value of physical exertion and above all the spirit of camaraderie.

The training imparted at the Institute does not aim to produce athletes and gladiators; rather it enables a student to shake off his/her differences of mind and narrowness of outlook. Apart from technical training, emphasis is also laid on discipline, character building and leadership. The self discipline imposed by students in difficult conditions to ensure safety at the cost of comfort is of lasting value. In addition to mountaineering, HMI also aims to instill in its students certain values of environmental protection, love for nature, protection of flora & fauna and also cultural diversity.
 
 
TYPES OF COURSES CONDUCTED BY HMI
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute conducts a variety of Mountaineering and adventure courses which are intensive and comprehensive giving trainees an opportunity to develop new skills in mountain climbing. In addition to the technical skills, the Institute aims to develop in each student a spirit of adventure. Institute conducts 16 scheduled courses every year. One adventure course is reserved for visually handicapped persons. One course on Method of Instruction (MOI) is conducted for the potential instructors who want to pursue mountaineering as a career. In addition, many special courses are run for students and adults on specific demand. All the courses are highly subsidized and Institute charges very nominal fee which includes the cost of training, equipment, boarding and lodging. Prospectus and course schedule can be collected from the Institute at any time of the year. Vacancies are reserved on �First Come First Serve� basis.
 
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BASIC MOUNTAINEERING COURSE
The objectives of Basic course are many fold. It aims to create a correct attitude among the trainee so that they view mountaineering as an art and not merely a physical activity. It stimulates in them a spirit of adventure. It teaches them to face new challenges and become better human being with much more confidence.

It is not possible to measure changes in character by any statistical yardstick after the course. Qualitatively, however it has been found that those who complete the course adopt a better outlook towards life by accepting responsibility with courage and confidence, working as a team and understanding the others point of view on which good citizenship is based.

The proud is humbled, the timid is encouraged, the shirker and the leader are equally revealed. Self confidence grows, life is given a purpose and sense of service is developed.

The duration of the course is of 28 days. This period is divided into different phases as follows:-
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Theoretical and practical Rock Craft training in and around Darjeeling 08 days
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Trekking (approach to the Base Camp at 14,600ft) 04 days
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Field Training ice craft and snow craft ( at the glacier) 11 days
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Return to Darjeeling 02 days
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Administration and Graduation Ceremony 03 days
 
Field training is carried out at Chaurikhang, the institute�s Base camp (BC) in West Sikkim at an altitude of 14600 ft. The BC is the most beautiful place in West Sikkim. One gets a beautiful view of Kabru group of Mountains along with Rathong and Kokthang peaks. Frey and BC Roy peaks in the vicinity are attempted by trainees for height gain during this course. In the Base Camp students learn ice and snow craft. The scheduled basic courses are conducted during March, April, May, September, October and November every year.
 
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ADVANCE MOUNTAINERING COURSE
Eligibility : Only those trainees who obtain �A� grade in Basic course from HAWS, C/O 56 APO, HMI, Darjeeling, NIM, Uttarkasi, JIM, Pahalgawn, ITBP Trg Centre, Auli, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports, Manali and SgMI, Gantok are eligible for Advance course.

This course is also of 28 days. The course provides advance technical and experience of climbing a mountain in an expedition planned by trainees under the supervision of Instructors. They also learn the various rescue operations in different mountainous terrain.

Beside lectures, Bouldering on Tenzing rocks, the trainees undertake exercise in load carrying and trekking to prepare themselves for approach march to Base Camp for advance field training. Trek from Yoksum to Base Camp passing through sub alpine forest is covered in three days. After spending 18 days in the mountains learning Advance mountaineering techniques students come back as fully trained mountaineers and far better human beings. The last three days are for assimilation Adm and graduation ceremony of the course. Persons qualified on advance mountaineering courses can participate in mountaineering expeditions at international level.
Scheduled advance courses are conducted during March, May and September every year
 
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METHODS OF INSTRUCTION COURSE
Only those trainees who obtain �A� grade in Advance course and have an inclination to pursue mountaineering as a career are recommended for this course. Besides testing their knowledge on advance techniques, the trainees are given practical training to handle students and develop instructional ability. This course is also of 28 days. It aims to create a pool of potential guides and instructors for every part of world who can promote mountaineering in their respective areas through various clubs and foundations.
 
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ADVENTURE COURSE
Fifteen days� adventure course is designed on the same pattern as outward bound courses in the West. It is primarily for boys and girls; however adults are also permitted in one course. The course provides a stimulating experience of physical outdoor pursuits such as trekking, camping, rock craft and even water sports. The aim is to bring children out of the sheltered environment of schools and homes. The course is designed to instill in them a sense of comradeship, discipline selflessness, service to community and concern for environment protection. Renowned Public schools have made it compulsory for their students to undergo an adventure course. This course is generally conducted for their students immediately after their Annual exams of 8th and 9th standard or during the Annual vacations. The scheduled Adventure courses are conducted during January, February, April, May, November and December every year. The seat for the course can be booked in advance by paying the course fee. Special adventure courses are conducted on demand during any time of the year except in monsoons.
 
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COURSE FOR THE VISUALLY HANDICAPPED PERSONNEL
HMI conducts adventure courses for VHP. In addition to the teaching of basics of rock craft, trainees are also taken for high altitude trekking. Trainees from under privileged section of society and disabled persons are also enrolled in such courses. We look forward for sponsors to conduct such courses. This course is generally conducted in April every year.
 
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SPECIAL COURSES
HMI also conducts special courses on Sports climbing, Rock climbing, Adventure and Basic mountaineering courses on demand. Duration of these courses can vary as per the requirement of the trainees. These courses are generally conducted for a minimum group of 20 students. The fee is charged on the actual cost basis. The details can be obtained from Principal HMI. These courses develop sound character and important traits of personality in young children. Popularity of these courses has increased so much that one has to book these courses well in advance.
 
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PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN
Girls and women were earlier discouraged to undertake mountaineering. HMI is the first Institute in India which started exclusive courses for the fairen with 24 girls sex in 1961. Since then exclusive and mixed courses are being run for women the details of which are published in its annual training programme. We recommend maximum girls/ women to make use of HMI courses.
 
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TRAINING SCHEDULE
 
COURSE SER No
PERIOD
FROM TO
VACANCY
BASIC MOUNTAINEERING COURSE
277* (Men & Women combined)
07 Apr 2010 04 May 2010
09 May 2010 05 Jun 2010
15 Sep 2010 12 Oct 2010
19 Oct 2010 15 Nov 2010
18 Nov 2010 15 Dec 2010
04 Mar 2011 31 Mar 2011

60
278  (Women only) 60
279  (Men only) 60
280  (Men & Women combined) 60
281  (Men only) 60
282  (Men only) 60
 
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