Celebrating Pakistan Mountain Festival in a bold rocky style, about 13 daring students opted for rock-climbing in another thrilling activity for the youth at the Margalla Hills Ridge at Beetle Rock nearby Saidpur Village on Tuesday.
The rock-climbing event was organised by the Development Communications Network (Devcom-Pakistan) in collaboration with the NUST Adventure Club in connection with 3rd Pakistan Mountain Festival, the Devcom-Pakistan annual advocacy event to mainstreaming the climate change issues, and mountain development and culture.
Munir Ahmed, director Devcom-Pakistan and festival director, speaking on the occasion, said that rock-climbing is relatively a new adventure sport in Pakistan that we need to promote and patronise to encourage the youth to take part for their healthy and courageous life. Pakistan Mountain Festival is all out to engage youth in all sorts of activities to mark the International Mountain Day with dedicated spirit.
Munir said, the youth who excel in the rock climbing would be part of the young trekkers expedition to the K2 base camp. He said plans are being finalised to celebrate 2014 as the K2 year on the 60th anniversary of the first K2 summit in 1954.
Faraz Khan, a student, termed the rock-climbing very challenging that needs skills and courage. “I enjoy the experience and loved it when I successfully reached the top of the ridge with ropes and using climbing technique”.
Sameena Wazir said though it is tough sports but girls can also do it too as a matter of interest and taking up the challenge. She said that this sport can make the girls tough to combat daily life issues besides keeping them physically fit.
Neena Wani, another student, said, “We at the NUST Adventure Club believe in catering the spirit of Adventure possessed by the adventure lovers. It endeavours to revive the culture of the world challenges among the students who have been in their chairs for long enough for studies and computer gaming, Neena said. Dr. Saud Ahmed Khan, the NUST faculty member facilitated and guided the students participating in the rock-climbing event. He said that Adventure Club is one of the 12 central clubs and societies of the NUST. The club started working in October 2010, and operates under School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (SCEE) of the NUST.
Tahir Imran Khan, the official mentor of NAC, said that the club was engaging youth in other adventure events as well including paragliding, shooting, rock and wall climbing, marathon and other adventure sports.He mentioned that one of their members Zaki Kazmi participated in international climbing event held in China in August 2011.
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