The Chennai Trekking Club team wins the first Peak Bagging Challenge
Chembra Peak, Wayanad, Kerala, 21 July 2012. The CTC teams (Chennai Trekking Club) hit on a hattrik winning the first three positions of India’s first Peak Bagging challenge held at the Chembra Peak in Kerala. When the usual time to ascend and descend the Chembra peak is 5 hours, the CTC team members Ravi Kiran, Sridhar and Senthil Kumar made the record breaking ascent and decent in 1:50 minutes. The second runner-up was again a CTC team descending to the base in 1:54 min. The third runner up was again a CTC team that made the descent in 1:55 mins.
18 teams representing various corporate and clubs participated in the first peak bag challenge. Worldwide peak bagging competitions are very popular. The objective of the challenge is to trek to the summit of the challenge and get back to base as soon as possible. The fastest team wins. The sport does not require any technical skill or equipment. The summit needs to be climbed in a team of 3 members. The team timing is taken into account and not individual timing.
The CTC team won the first Indiahikes Cup, gold medals, certificate and the grand prize of a free 7 day Himalayan trek. The runners up won the medals and the prize of free 5 day Himalayan trek. This was the first south zone round of the peak bagging challenge. The second south zone round of the peak bagging challenge will be held at Tadiyandamol in Coorg on August 18. The top 5 teams from both zonal rounds will be invited for the south zone final peak bagging challenge in September first week.
The top 5 team, The three CTC teams, HCL Technologies and HAL will now get a chance to participate in the South Zone finals of the Peak Bagging competition.