From the distant looks of it, outdoor adventure appears to be something that's meant for free and wild souls. And this is the most incorrect perception. Mountaineers, climbers and extreme sport junkies are some of the most disciplined individuals I've ever come across. They tame their bodies to the point that they are absolutely sure about how each muscle works. For these outdoor enthusiasts, there's no scope for surprises and unpreparedness when they're out on a trek for 10 days and left to the mercy of nature.
On my recent trek to Brahmatal, our group was introduced to trek leader Mukesh Pawar on the first day at Lohajung Base Camp. Our competent leader had successfully completed the Advanced Mountaineering Course, Search and Rescue Course, led countless treks in the Himalayas and also volunteered for rescue operations during the 2013 Uttarakhand floods. This rather qualified and competent guide assured us on the first day that we were in safe hands.