The Basalt Queens
The Basalt Queens is a climbing documentary film in the making, featuring 12 young girls from different parts of Maharashtra who are living and training together to learn the ropes of rock climbing and attempting multi-pitch routes on the iconic basalt rock pinnacles of the Sahyadri Range.
Pic by @shwetankkumar
Pics by @shwetankkumar
Arman Mujawar, Sangli
Khushi Kamboj, Kolhapur
Soumya Joshi, Pune
Tanvi Aaher, Lonavala
Aadya Nair, Mumbai
Kavya Borlikar, Pune
Shruti Shinde, Lonavala
Tanaya Koli, Nashik
Girija Landge, Pune
Mayra Sakpal, Thane
Sakshi Prabhune, Satara
Nisha Waghamare, Khandala
Kopal Goyal and Shivam Aher are adventure filmmakers. With their skills and creativity, they showcase the extraordinary outdoor experiences of outdoor athletes. Both of them have a background in rock climbing. They have a good understanding of the technical aspects of outdoor sports which helps them capture the athletes in a unique way and bring the same to the audience.
Being the storytellers of this project they will fabricate an impactful documentary.
It all started with a dream where Ganesh Geedh under the banner of Shivdurga Mitra Lonavala thought to change the perspective of people about the newer generation that is growing but with a lack of proper guidance, they are limiting themselves to smaller feats, following irresponsible climbing techniques and are being misguided by the notion of winning a race by climbing high pinnacles which are leading to accidents despite having the potential to set bigger goals and achieve them responsibly.
Pics by @shivamaher
This project is led by Ganesh Geedh under the banner of Shivdurga. With over a decade of experience, he has created records in multi-pitch climbing and has topped the hardest routes.
He has guided the younger generation to pursue climbs. The technical and logistical operations have been managed by him.
Deepak Pawar is an India Team Climbing Coach with a climbing experience of over a decade. He himself being an outdoor climber realized a lack of proper training in India. In 5 years of his coaching career, he has led climbers to win Gold medals in competitions.
Yogesh Umbre is a climber and a coach. With 2 times Kokankanda summit in his name (with Shivdurga) he has created his own identity within the community.
He is an active member of the Shivdurga Team, Lonavala.
Rohit Vartak has been into climbing for 15 years and he is also the first highliner of the country and with his experience, he is sharing his knowledge of how to train and achieve progress.
Sachin Gaikwad started climbing in 1988 while pursuing an engineering degree in Pune (the adventure hub of Western Maharashtra). He was introduced to climbing through hiking, and it quickly became a way of life for him.
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