I would like to impart my life's teachings to students and young people: Negi-Deoskar, Bimla

Bimla Negi-Deoskar was part of the 11-member all-women Fit@50 group on a five-month trek . She was on a steep climb to 17,000 feet when she slipped and rolled over twice .

Bimla Negi-Deoskar, a well-known mountaineer, has returned from a Trans-Himalayan trek, but also from the cradles of death.She was part of the 11-member all-women Fit@50 group, which completed an almost five-month journey that took them through some of the most dangerous routes at high altitudes.For Deoskar, the end of the expedition was just a resting period before the next adventure began.He has over three decades of mountaineering experience.

Since having leg surgery on July 9, Deoskar has been in a wheelchair until at least the end of August.In a text message to Deoskar, she discusses the disaster, the miraculous Indian Army rescue mission, as well as the help from her team and family members.Q.The legendary Padma Shri Bachendri Pal, the leader of your expeditions team, was an eye witness to your crash.

It was indeed true.On July 5, we were on a steep climb to a height of over 17,000 feet, and one of the rocks I stepped on fell.The ice beneath it must have melted and vanished.I slipped and rolled over twice, but somehow got stuck there.

Two massive boulders from above fell and began rolling toward me later that day.All those who were watching in horror are now unsure how the boulders missed me so narrowly.It's just a miracle, nothing else.Q.

A.When I fell down, I had closed my eyes.My team members told me the most of what happened afterwards because the pain level was so high that I wasn't able to grasp everything that was going on.At the time, I didn't know that my left leg was broken and that my right foot was also in jeopardy.

Q.It must have been an harrowing experience to spend so many hours on a stretcher, and that alone, since air evacuation was impossible.A.It was also scary because at nightfall, all I could see was darkness.

My first help staff, from the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TASF), helped to free me from the dangerous situation and soon army forces joined in.We were crossing rapidly flowing streams over derelict wooden crossings that couldn't even be described as a small bridge, it was bitterly cold.The steep flow of water and crossing over the planks in the Himalayas was risky, particularly in the late evening.One person would shine the light in the center and lead the way.

I was always thinking that if one of them slips while crossing the stream, three lives will be lost.But the Indian Army and my team saved my life by putting their lives in jeopardy.I must also mention the special role played by TASF, because without them we would not have been able to begin this expedition.Q.

A.My husband and sons are both enthusiastic about this incident.Both predict that I will recover quickly and return to my normal routine.My elder son is working with a team of scientists in Europe and his coworkers are always eager to hear what I and (husband) Avinash are doing, according to my elder son.

I'm also delighted to see such stories from family members.It improves my morale.Q.Has the whole story, which was also the worst accident in your life, pushed you to think about life in a different way?

I have been doing social work and activism for a long time, but it seems to be gaining a larger amount of attention now.I want to contribute to the society and inspire our children to love nature.Since the accident, I haven't had time to think about life.With the surgery and return to Kargil, it had been a demanding time for me.

I love adventure and would love to be back in the mountains, but it all depends on how well I recover.I will be in a wheelchair until the third week of August.Q.What kind of social work do you hope to do?

My focus will be Maharashtra, since this is my karmabhoomi.I would love to inspire children to explore and be close to nature.They must acknowledge the wonder of nature and the life lessons they can learn.In fact, I am convinced that adventure camps should be made mandatory for students of Std.

Mountaineering isn't just about climbing up and down.It's like a philosophy class, in which you learn to reach the top no matter what obstacles stand in your way.We learn to take small steps along the way while carrying the burden of hopes on our backs, much like we carry a backpack in real life.We should also have Mount Everest as a goal for our lives, always big.

I'm eager to assist children in these areas.*Chestna Sahoo (Kolkata)* Bimla Negi-Deoskar (Nagpur)* Savita Dhapwal (Bhilai)* Gangotri Soneji (Baroda)* Major (retd) Krishna Dubey (Lucknow)* Payo Murmu (Jamshedpur)* Shamala Padmanabhan (Mysuru)* Support team: Tata