On top of the world


The fascinating heights of success that she has achieved has not daunted Tressy Paul, a final-year engineering student of BMS College of Engineering.

Bitten by the adventure bug, she wants to conquer higher peaks and quite literally at that! Her interest in rock climbing, trekking and mountaineering is growing by the day.
“I started when I was in the first year. I was introduced to the mountaineering club in the college by a friend and haven’t looked back since then. I started with trekking and also attended a session on rock climbing. We were introduced to the different aspects of rock climbing and mountaineering and also taught about the dangers involved, crisis management and precautions,” she says.

The adrenaline rush that mountaineers experience when they reach the peak of a hill or mountain is what keeps them going, says Tressy. Trekkers and mountaineers are full of stories and Tressy is no different. She notes that each trek is a new experience for her and nothing can match the feeling of reaching the peak of a hill. “My first trek was at Savanadurga off Magadi Road. Each time we thought we had reached the peak, we realised that we hadn’t. Whenever we looked up, there was still more to go. I was overjoyed when I finally reached the peak. The feeling was unmatched. There are risks but there are moments which can be experienced only by a trekker. Setting up a campfire on a hill and cooking for friends are a lot of fun,” she notes.

Ask what her forte is and she instantly says rappelling. Pursuing a hobby which demands every ounce of energy in the body implies that she has to take special care of her health and eat well.

“I work out for more than an hour everyday. This involves running as well as doing stretches. I eat a normal diet but have to be in shape. Managing my hobby with academics does get a bit hectic but I take time out for it as I am very passionate about it. I want to take it up seriously and plan to go for a certified course in Manali. This is a professional course which involves experts training us for a month. One needs to be extremely fit and disciplined to enrol for a course like this and I intend to prepare for it soon,” she details.

She is well aware of the risks involved in mountaineering and knows how to get things back on track if her gear goes kaput in the middle of a trek. She has been trained in the art of tying knots and using harnesses and descenders. “I have also started briefing my juniors about what to do if there is a problem while climbing and have organised a few treks. It has been enlightening and helped me gain a lot of experience,” she adds.

Her college has been very supportive and her family is extremely encouraging despite worrying about her. “My parents are worried as there are risks in adventure sports. But they have been very supportive and encouraged me to achieve my goals,” she sums up.

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