Two climbers from Meghalaya were awarded ‘Grade A’ in Advance Mountaineering Course by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling.
The award is the highest given in the mountaineering institutes for climbers for their performance in the training.
The two climbers, Rilang Dkhar from Umshaken in Ri Bhoi and Valarie Suchiang from Shangpung in West Jaiñtia Hills are nominated by the Meghalaya Sport Climbing & Mountaineering Association (MeSCMA) to undergo the training.
Dkhar also won Silver in the rock climbing competition.
MeSCMA president, Malviancy Shabong informed that the training course was held from October 19 to November 15. She said the training requires the trainees to climb and summit any above 18,000ft mountain peak. They were also trained in techniques, such as, pacing and movement on rock, snow and ice on high mountains, use of rope, development of leadership and team spirit, high altitude Navigation and Orientation.