Livingit brings to you, our next PassionTalk. Live video chats with the top experts and personalities who are out there living their passions. They will be sharing their rich experiences and will be answering questions from the attendees LIVE.
An avid trekker who loves to live outdoors.
With a goal to help every human being to find an outdoor passion, and experience the life changing moments through the adventure that is involved – Rohan Ratnapal chose to live his passion of the outdoors.
Using adventure as a tool, Ratnapal proudly does what he loves to do, and that is help people achieve something they never thought they would through his Pune based Eco Tour Agency ‘Rivers and Ridges’. He has undertaken numerous jungle treks from the wild forests of Maharashtra to the jungles of Malaysia and has trained hundreds of corporate professionals in the art of surviving the great outdoors.
Rohan’s outdoor skills include – Angling, Rifle shooting, Archery, Survival skills training, farming, bush crafting, outbound skills training and amateur cooking.
For Siddhartha Gadekar it’s always been about walking on the road less travelled.
From switching over to pursuing an education in Computers to one in Psychology, winning cycling races, learning to climb mountains, leading treks and backpacking in the Himalayas, working in the fitness industry as a Spinning®(indoor cycling) trainer might seem odd to most people but he’s the one smiling.
Siddhartha has won a lot of races in cycling and recently did a qualification event riding 650kms in 28 hours to get selected for the world’s toughest endurance race – Race Across America(RAAM) a 5000kms ultra endurance cycle race. It’s the Everest of cycling and being the first Indian to finish it solo is up for grabs. He also earned a berth in the Maharashtra Cycling Team for the Indian Road Cycling Nationals.
When he is away from his bike he spends his time travelling, camping, leading treks, backpacking. He has done a Basic Mountaineering course from HMI, Darjeeling and this summer he is off to Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi to complete his Advance Mountaineering course. He has trekked and led many treks in Himalayas and Sahyadris and last year he led a trek to the Everest Base Camp.
In 2015, Siddhartha set off for the 200km long challenging and stunningly beautiful Annapurna Circuit Trail in Nepal by himself, without any support or guide, in the winter!