Pankaj Kumar, a Ranchi native, earned his BMC certification in 2019 and hasn't looked back since.
In the last three years, he climbed
- Mt. Satopanth to summit camp (6001m) in 2021,
- Mt. Black Peak to 6387m in 2020,
- Mt. Deo Tibba in an alpine attempt to Seri (base camp 3900m) and ChotaChandertal (4480m) in 2020-2021,
Alpine trek to an unnamed region near Dhundi, Manali (5000-5500m apx) in. In 2019 and 2021, he also went rock climbing and bouldering on the Chotanagpur Plateau.
He began climbing as a recreational activity, but when he travelled to different locations and met people who shared his passion, his mind was opened to limitless possibilities.
He now actively promotes information about his career, owing to the abundance of natural resources in his hometown. He does not shy from admitting that climbing is a difficult endeavour. Nonetheless, he remains dedicated to his passion for climbing and appreciates every step of the process, "from planning to execution as an expedition."
On being asked ,"When did you start climbing? What do you love about it" he says,
I started it as a hobby in 2019 since I wanted to do something different from my studies. And, for some reason, I found rock climbing and bouldering to be incredibly fascinating because they were both easy and accessible in my area. Then I was exposed to the climbing trip, where I met many people who motivated me and had previous expertise in this sector. While chatting and learning about this profession, I felt compelled to devote my life to this activity, which does not only imply climbing heights but also the terrain you are climbing on. A tricky boulder, even one of little size, can cause mental fixation and agony if you are unable to climb it as precisely as an altitude climb.To complete that boulder and pitch, you must plan as if you were on an adventure.
Another thought that came to mind was that I felt awful for the climbing community in my area since there are so many opportunities for rock climbing, bouldering, and adventure sports, but most people are completely unaware of them. As a result, I made the decision to promote and raise knowledge about this sport in my city, which has increased my commitment to it. Later in 2020, the Mt. Black Peak adventure boosted my climbing profile, and others began to inquire about the sport.
What would I say if someone asked me what I liked about it? I'm sorry, but I don't think there's much to like about it.In this sport, you must endure a great deal of pain. It causes you excruciating physical and emotional pain; you can't move or sit for long periods of time. Actually, it's the process of climbing that I enjoy the most, from preparation to execution as an expedition. from ruminating in one's head to putting it down on the ground I like our commitment to and efforts in this sport. In fact, I'm having a great time with it.