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Used Outdoor Gear Collected for Tourism Project in India

BOONE—A community outreach project is underway between Appalachian State University’s Department of Geography and Planning and The Nanda Devi Campaign, a non-profit organization based in India.

Students are collecting used outdoor dear to assist a clan of Indian people establishing their local tourism identity.

Located in the High Himalaya of India, the mountain province of Garhwal is home to the Bhotiya people, who once grazed flocks in the high alpine meadows and traded across the Tibetan frontier. With the closure of the Tibetan border and creation of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, some Bhotiya communities have turned to tourism as a means of livelihood. The local porters, guides and cooks have organized and have formed The Nanda Devi Campaign to insure the security their future. Though highly skilled and experienced, the local guides possess little in the way of proper trekking and camping equipment.

Donations of used packs, tents, gas stoves, fleeces, shell jackets, sleeping bags, pads and other outdoor gear in good condition are being sought to support the Nanda Devi Campaign’s tourism plans. The gear will be taken to India and delivered by students participating in a Department of Geography and Planning field course next spring.

Drop-off locations for donated equipment are Appalachian’s Department of Geography and Planning in Rankin Science Building or any Mast General Store location in Watauga County. Goods will be collected from Dec. 12, 2005-May 2006.

For more information, contact Ian Snider at (828) 262-3000 or naturelink@gmail.com, or visit www.nandadevi.org.

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