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Old 17th August 2011, 10:58   #1
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Default Raid De Himalaya 2011. Chronicling the Great Indian Drive.

One rainy afternoon in Kolkata, a friend of mine calls me "Raid de Himalaya ke liye chalega?" After retrieving my eyeballs from the floor , I rapidly said a lot of words. Post which he said "I gather you mean YES"

And thats how its happening. We are going as Official/Volunteer and will help out in whatever they want us to.

We intend to drive from Kolkata to Delhi and then on to Shimla. I have driven Kolkata-Mumbai-Goa-Pune and Kolkata-Shillong but never in North India. And what a way to begin the North Indian bit of it ! Nothing less than the Raid!

The object of the thread is to chronicle the pre, during and post phases of the Raid from preparation to participation et al.

I would also be grateful for any advice provided to a relative newbie ( The only Rallies that I have participated in are 2 at Shillong and some Speed Run esque things)
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Always good to being from beginning.

Why would you need advice for rallying. You are going as a volunteer/official. The DCOC manual that would be handed out to you would lay down everything that is expected from you and the crazy time schedules that you need to meet.

Just be prepared with a good vehicle and low temperatures that you will face at high altitudes.
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Congrats Evo! I'm sure its going to be one hell of an experience.

I would also like to volunteer for Raid De Himalaya but don't know how. Any info on that regard will be helpful

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Always good to being from beginning.

Why would you need advice for rallying. You are going as a volunteer/official. The DCOC manual that would be handed out to you would lay down everything that is expected from you and the crazy time schedules that you need to meet.

Just be prepared with a good vehicle and low temperatures that you will face at high altitudes.
Thanks Sudev , yup, I heard about the crazy scheds from one of my co drivers !

The vehicle is a Safari 4x2 which is about a year old. Knowing TATA`s slightly iffy reliability record, any particular spares to be carried?

Also do we need Underbody Protection? Also, about snow chains, is there a place where I can rent them from?

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Congrats Evo! I'm sure its going to be one hell of an experience.

I would also like to volunteer for Raid De Himalaya but don't know how. Any info on that regard will be helpful

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You have to get the form on email, fill it up and voila !
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The object of the thread is to chronicle the pre, during and post phases of the Raid from preparation to participation et al.
Congrats Buddy!!! I shall stay glued to this chronicle . Hope you have the best adventure in this drive.

BTW what mail are you talking about regarding the voluntering process??
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Old 17th August 2011, 22:27   #6
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@Milecruncher and @Twinn

I`m not too sure, my friend sent me the form. You have to mail the organisers and let them know of your interest I suppose. And then they`ll send you your form.

OT : @ Twinn. When you say Scotland of India, do you mean Shillong?
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WOW! good for you! ill look into the volunteering form too. Can you ask your friend how he got it?
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Thanks Evo for the info!
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OT : @ Twinn. When you say Scotland of India, do you mean Shillong?
AFAIK Scotland of India is Coorg!
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Boss,

Dil maange more. This is a teaser - you gotto give us a bit of the real thing in the first post as well!

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Thanks Evo for the info!

AFAIK Scotland of India is Coorg!
AFAIK, both sides claim that moniker as their own - India being as large can have 2 scotlands inside it, no?
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Thanks Evo for the info!

AFAIK Scotland of India is Coorg!
Oh, I never heard of that before, thats good to know, we folk from Shillong always thought we were called Scotland of the East . But as phamilyman says below, we`r cool enough to have two of em !

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Boss,

Dil maange more. This is a teaser - you gotto give us a bit of the real thing in the first post as well!

AFAIK, both sides claim that moniker as their own - India being as large can have 2 scotlands inside it, no?
Aye aye sir, but as yet there is nothing more. I will put a pic up of the Safari which will (hopefully) see us through thick and thin and then will keep it updated as things happen.

These are the expected temperature ranges there

Shimla - 5 Degrees to 10 Degrees
Dalhousie - 5 Degrees to 7 Degrees
Manali - 1 Degree to 3 Degrees
Leh - (-5 Degree to -17 Degree)
Rangdum - (-10 Degree to -15 Degree)
Srinagar - (-2 Degree to -5 Degree)

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oh okay, stupid me. Then you should just park this in the assembly line till things rev up a bit - we're what about 2 months away from the raid, no?
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@Milecruncher : The best way to volunteer is to write in to organisers few months in advance of the event and they would put you on database of potential volunteers. The facts like if you volunteered before, you have your own radio set, GPS etc. and your vehicle are important. For instance for Desert Storm we give preference to people who have 4WD vehicles.
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@Sudev : Is there any place in Delhi/Shimla where we can rent the snow chains or should we just buy them ?
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@Milecruncher : The best way to volunteer is to write in to organisers few months in advance of the event and they would put you on database of potential volunteers. The facts like if you volunteered before, you have your own radio set, GPS etc. and your vehicle are important. For instance for Desert Storm we give preference to people who have 4WD vehicles.
Sudev Saab: I'm ticking two boxes as of now - 4WD and GPS. But I think having a pick-up truck can be beneficial as I'll be able to carry a lot of luggage, nick-nacks and other essential items in the load bay.

Can I hope positively for Desert Storm then

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oh okay, stupid me. Then you should just park this in the assembly line till things rev up a bit - we're what about 2 months away from the raid, no?
I want to share whatever happens pre the raid too, so will just do that till things rev up.
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