Meet Our Supporters – Kabir Sawhney

Kabir Sawhney – aged 6 years old – first adventure was Goat Fell on the Isle of Arran and Scafell Pike last year with his father, Jasdev, who at the time was training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kabir mother, Pooja said “ He said he wanted to start climbing because Papa was doing it. As mentioned in the article, his dad was training for Kilimanjaro, so all our breaks were centred around supporting him. 

We also had a discussion about how to be safe when climbing – the importance of the right equipment, frame of mind and study of the weather.”

 Pooja carried on to say, “The day before he did Scafell some people who were inadequately prepared had been helped down by the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team. He then said that he wanted to raise money ‘so that no one would ever die on a mountain’.”

Kabir chose Ben Nevis for his biggest challenge yet and decided to raise money for Scottish Mountain Rescue. Kabir raised £710.00 for SMR and shows no sign of slowing down as he is already planning his next trip.

Pooja continued, “He wants to complete the 3 Yorkshire peaks next.. he has done Pen y Ghent in May and wants to do both Ingleborough and Whernside next, ideally in the same day if possible. 

This is about 13.5 miles and will require careful planning on our part. 

He was a little worried about recommending climbing to his classmates because of safety issues..’what if the mist came down and they fell over.’ But then said he would like to help them to do it. 

He thinks the school goals of being independent and resilient have helped him a great deal in preparing ‘his mind’.

Mrs Payne, his class teacher last year has encouraged him with every climb and celebrated each achievement in class which has meant a lot to him. Thank you, Mrs Payne. 

‘Go with the tired.. go with the pain’ is the oft repeated mantra he has learnt from his gymnastics coach which he uses to encourage me when I am flagging! And I think it works for him too.

He may ask his dad ‘how much longer’ a few times on his way down though.”

Scottish Mountain Rescue would like to send Kabir a massive thank you. You are a inspiration to all of your class mates and to SMR. Keep doing what you are doing.

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Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003