Mountaineering activities resume as restrictions ease


The Alpine Club of Pakistan has resumed operations after the government lifted Covid-19 restrictions.

Climbers, trekkers and families including girls, boys and children participated in three activities organized in Islamabad. The first event of Eco Hike was held in Margallah Hills village Saidpur where participants also enjoyed the scenic beauty of the hills which has been enhanced due to recent frequent rains.

A significant increase in plant and tree growth was observed as many springs that had dried up flowed water into streams and canals.

Birds and monkeys were also seen more frequently. Following Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of Clean Green Pakistan, participants picked up trash from the trek and dumped it at Saidpur village.

Young boys, girls and children were also introduced to rock climbing by coaches trained abroad. They learned the basic art of rock climbing, equipment and various movements on the rocks and skills, including the safety measures adopted when climbing.

The sport climbers have resumed their physical training and workouts at the Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) sport climbing wall located at the Pakistan Sports Board complex in the federal capital.

Athletes from Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) participated in the fitness and training sessions.

Athlete and national champion Zaheer from KP said that his fellow climbers were very happy because the ACP made the climbing wall operational and they could improve their performance and prepare for the next national and international climbing competitions.

ACP President Abu Zafar Sadiq appreciated the athletes’ commitment to sport and physical health. He stressed the importance of following SOPs to ensure the safety of participants. He warned that violators of the SOPs would not be allowed to continue their activities with the CPA.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 7e2020.