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Short takes on mountaineering

Shailbhramar, a Mumbai-based mountaineering club, is back with its ninth edition of the Shailbhramar Film Festival, featuring six short films on mountaineering, nature conservation, rock climbing and nature treks. The schedule comprises six films where five are from Indian mountaineering clubs and organisations while the lone sixth is an international short film.


Miyar Valley

“The festival opens with the film, Everest, which tracks the adventurous journey of six people, from Pune to the Mount Everest, and how they managed to generate Rs 3crore for the summit,” says Manoj Satardekar, member, Shailbhramar. The second major highlight of the evening is Panama Rock Climbing, a short film on rock climbing in and around Canada by Gary Hinaga.

Some of the major attractions at the festival include Fort Vasai, an eight-minute video on the Vasai Fort; Miyar Valley, a 10-minute film by Giri Vihar Club, which climbed up a virgin route to Toro Pinnacle (4,850 m) in Miyar Valley, opening a new route of rock climbing in the Himalayan ranges.

“This film also looks into the problem of waste around the base camps in Himachal Pradesh, and how global warming is melting the glaciers,” adds Satardekar. As an afterthought, he shares the alarming fact that Gangotri has shifted 16 km back, since it was first measured in 1962.

There are also two short films, Tiger Conservation and Mangrove, by the Bombay Natural History Society. “There are lot of mountaineering and rock climbing feats carried out across the country, climbers exploring new routes and points, but very less of it is archived. This festival is an attempt to help document all the nature treks, trails and expeditions for the future generation,” he concludes.

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