Prerna has gained climbing experience from around the world, but her focus is the Himalayas. As an aspiring alpinist, she has delved into all aspects of climbing, from high mountains and frozen waterfalls to hard sport grades and bouldering.
She is actively working to foster a strong climbing culture and community in India with an emphasis on introducing more women to the sport and the outdoors through the organization Climb Like A Woman (CLAW). She also plays a key role in the community-led initiative Piti Dharr Ice Climbing Festival.
Climbing gives her the courage to chase after all things that seem hard, whether they are scary routes or stereotypes, which is a lesson she loves sharing with others along the way.
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Loving the outdoors
Spending her summers outside
Her dreams as a little girl
Being a collector of skills and hobbies
Her route to climbing
Going to university and finding climbing
Studying English Literature
Trying to figure out what to do next
Being a tomboy and exploring her feminine side
The climbing culture in India
What it’s like being a woman climber in India
Connecting with other women in the sport
The growth of climbing gyms in the last 5 years
Arranging an all women’s climbing meet up which is now an annual event
Feeling strong and powerful from climbing
Planning to climb Mt. Denali
Dealing with self doubt
Having a shoulder injury and needing surgery
Pioneering ice climbing in India
The journey on becoming a professional guide
Focusing on quality and skill development
Her first expedition to a 6,000m peak
Having the ability to push herself physically
Being able to handle the suffering
Looking for new opportunities
Wanting to become a well rounded climber
Trying to get sponsored projects
Spending 5 winters creating an ice climbing community
Wanting more people to try ice climbing
Creating a new niche in climbing
Why complaining doesn’t do anything - you have to take action
Future dreams for climbing
Being inspired by other women
Final words of advice for women who want to get into climbing and the outdoors
Why you should do the things that scare you
How overcoming fear can be empowering
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