Denali Athletes to Hold Mahameru Summit Attack Six Times in Two Weeks

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UNAIR NEWS – Climbing the highest summit in the Northern Hemisphere, is not impossible but the climbers should be prepared well, mentally and physically so there will be minimal risk during the climbing.

The member of Nature’s Lovers Club of Universitas Airlangga (Wanala UNAIR) is scheduled to leave for Denali in the USA midyear 2017. They called it Airlangga Indonesia Denali Expedition (AIDEx).

There are a lot of physical and mental preparations. One of them is by honing their skills for 15 days in Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park (TNBTS). It will be done from Sunday, November 20 to Sunday, December 4. During training, they are supervised by Huda, a climber who has climbed the world’s seven summits from Indonesia Expedition.

During training in TNBTS, they will train their techniques, strengthen their physic, improve their endurance and accustom themselves in high altitudes, and to create solid teamwork. TNBTS is chosen because of its appropriate terrain.

“In Alaska, all covered by snow. It’s similar as in sand so the best place would be Semeru for climbing simulation,” said Wahyu Nur Wahid as AIDEX secretary.

Wahyu added that AIDEX athletes needs high-altitude and open space to train. Even it is not as high as Denali, TNBTS is the best place to practice.

This training was attended by the seven expedition athletes, Bernat Yogi Abrian (Faculty of Social and Political Sciences/2013), Gangga Pamadya Bagaskara (Faculty of Economics and Business/2014), M. Faishal Tamimi (alumnus), M. Roby Yahya (Faculty of Fisheries and Marine/2011), Syaifful Akbarudin (FISIP/2011), Septian Rio (FISIP/2013, and Yasak (alumnus).

Building Team, Physic and Mental

There are ten kinds of technique trainings which will be done AIDEx athletes. They will have weight training, physical endurance, action management, teamwork, acclimatization of height, speed, moving together, self arrest, running belay and sledding.

On the first day, the team will leave for Bromo and accustomed their temperature with Bromo (acclimatization). And in the second day, they will improve their climbing techniques, moving together and self arrest.

“Self arrest is a mountaineering technique. For this technique, the climbers manage how they fall, sink and slip in mountain of ice and snow terrain, and also on how they save themselves by using ice axe and combination of body parts like feet, elbows, knees and hands. So the training was a simulation of falling from the cliff,” said Roby Yahya, AIDEX head.

On the second day, they will focus on running belay and sledding. For running belay, the athletes are trained to use safety equipments during climbing. As later on, they will climb the mountain in turns. While for sledding practice, they will pull truck’s tires weigh 15-20 kg each.

On the fourth day, they will focus on rescuing technique and speed play. Rescuing technique must be master by each athlete as they themselves who will evacuate their friend during expedition while speed play is used to train their endurance.

Then, on the fifth day, they will repeat moving together, sledding and loadcarry techniques. Loadcarry is a long distance journey with some weight. In the sixth day, they will combine loadcarry and sledding from Bromo to Ranu Pane which is 16.3 km away.

“The seventh day will be used for recovery as the activities demand great energy,” explained Rio, one of the athletes.

On the eight day, the team will go on with trekking and loadcarry to Kalimati with acclimatization to the temperature and rest. One o’clock in the morning or the ninth day, they will hold a summit attack heading to Mahameru Summit from Kalimati. They then go down and do it again twice. In the afternoon the will have speedplay in Kalimati for an hour.

On the tenth day, they will do another summit attack from Kalimati to Mahameru, and head back. Once they arrive in Kalimati, they will head to Ranu Pani to rest and recover until the eleventh day.

On the twelfth day, after Maghrib, the team will do another summit attack from Ranu Pani to Mahameru. It will be started from 1900 to 0700, each athlete is obliged to carry 10 kilogram weight.

On the thirteenth day, team will hold summit attack again from 1900 until the next day. The last day, team will head back to Surabaya.

“Summit attack is done several times to improve our maximum oxygen volume, endurance, action management, physic, team building, also acclimatization in 3000 m above sea level and to hone their skills,” said Rio. (*)

Author: Wahyu Nur Wahid (AIDEx Secretary)
Editor: Defrina Sukma S

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