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Our team

Our team

Apaar Mahajan

Apaar Mahajan

Founder

A Mechanical Engineer and an Oxford University graduate, Apaar has been keen on manufacturing climbing equipment ever since his first experience with Alpine terrain at the age of 12. An engineering background has taught him to question what is already established and experiment with new materials. Other than that, having a factory with state of the art manufacturing facilities has allowed him to put his ideas to trials. He has done basic Mountaineering Course from NIM, Uttarkashi and Advanced Mountaineering Course in Chamonix, France.

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Sohan Pavuluri

Director – Sales and Marketing

Sohan has over 20 years of experience in Finance operations, and Sales & Marketing; last fifteen years of which he was at General Electric Company in various FP&A roles. After a long stint with GE in the US, he moved back to India in 2008, and since then he has been influencing the outdoors landscape around Bangalore; as the founder of Bangalore Climbing Initiatives which has helped reinvigorate the outdoors climbing scene around Bangalore, has personally established over 50 climbing routes around Bangalore, and has written the guide book to Rock Climbing around Bangalore.

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Mariko Obikawa

Quality Advisor

Although a Mountain Guide in Japan, Mariko has spent most of her time climbing in Himalayas. Her passion for mountaineering is very obvious but it is her attention to detail and experience of climbing that makes her an asset for us. Given her previous background of working in large-size Japanese corporations, she is difficult to please and this works to our advantage because anything less than perfect does not comply with her standards. When in Japan, she also works as a Ski Patrol in Ski Resorts whilst testing our products.

Norm

Norm Rasmussen (NY, USA)

Outdoor Rep.

Norm is a climber located in the New York Metro area. He is the former operations manager for The Gravity Vault climbing gym, and has held a number of certifications from American Mountain Guides Association to Wilderness Medical Associates. He currently also serves on the board of the Torne Valley Climber’s Coalition, protecting a valuable climbing resource near NYC. When he’s not climbing, Norm can be found fundraising for non-profits.

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Gautam Agarwal

Consultant

A postgraduate engineer from University of Glasgow and a Vlerick Business School graduate, Gautam has spent several years working across Europe in calibration and testing industry, which is in itself a great asset to us but what makes him even more sought after is his intense passion to explore the outdoors and to develop high-quality and ergonomically designed equipment. He has a wealth of knowledge but prefers staying in the back seat and constantly bringing up great ideas. We do not hazard selling any product in the market until Gautam is reasonably satisfied with it.

GIPFEL ATHLETES

Abhishek

Abhishek Mehta, India

Athlete

Abhishek is a young climber from New Delhi who has recently climbed the Ganesha 8b+ in Badami in the fastest time. What makes him different is his single-minded dedication towards climbing and an ambition to put Indian climbers on the global map. He trains regularly at a local climbing facility and also coaches newbies in order to initiate them to a world of climbing.

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Kumar Gaurav, India

Athlete

Based out of Delhi, Kumar started climbing at an age of 12 and this turned out to be a one way road for him. He enjoys sport climbing routes as much as any other kind of climbing disciplines that tests him to his limits. In pursuit of this, he has switched over mostly to mixed climbing on ice and rock in higher altitudes of Himalayas, which adds towards our achievement of a well rounded portfolio of expertise amongst our team of climbers. His most notable recent sends include Ganesha (8b+) in Badami. 

GIPFEL CHAMPIONS

Gowri Varanashi

Gowri Varanashi, India

Champion

Gowri is an Indian nomad who has spent her adult life in Bangalore, New York, and the Amazon Rainforest. She has initially worked as a wildlife guide deep in the Peruvian Amazon for four years. Also a NOLS graduate, she is currently very close to becoming a climbing instructor at NOLS. Whether she is tackling multi-pitch classics in the American west or opening new climbing routes in South India, she embodies the explorer-climber spirit and loves sending a real rock wherever an opportunity presents itself. Eventually, she hopes to encourage more Indian women to explore the outdoors and  most specifically, to push their limits while climbing. 

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Sudha Pamidimukkala, USA

Champion

Sudha aka “force of nature” is drawn towards the simplicity of living out of her tent and the adventure. She prefers to keep it unguided and without technology, just like the old times. Apart from being a mother to a climber daughter, she is very dedicated towards following her passion for ice climbing and rock climbing and we expect great things from her. She has already soloed Denali in Alaska and Aconcagua but she is just getting warmed up. Through her achievements she hopes to be an ambassador for women to pursue their passion.

Aravind

Aravind Selvam, India

Champion

Aravind started climbing during late 2014 in Chennai, where the climbing community roughly comprised of 5 climbers. So he sought his inspiration from Alex Honnold’s videos on YouTube.  He would wake up at 4 am to climb and train in Mahabalipuram, 50 kms outside of the city, and log back into work by 9 am.  Since then he has traveled all over the country, to Thailand and Laos in search of challenging climbing routes.  He loves crack/off width climbing, and aims to be a better trad climber.

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Chitrabhanu (Chitro) Chaudhuri, India

Champion

Chitro loves not only the physical aspect of climbing but also the mental challenge of problem solving and this is not a surprise coming from a post doctoral fellow in Mathematics! He became passionate about rock climbing few years ago and has set big goals for himself in future projects! Chitro’s next project entails re-bolting older climbing routes in Pune area where bolts have given in to corrosion. With this project he hopes to contribute towards the well-being and safety of local climbing communities in his area.

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Sukrit Gupta, India

Champion

Raised in the foothills of Garhwal, Sukrit is an ever curious mountain kid. He spends half of his waking hours running on forested trails, and climbing rocks around his home base in Manali. The other half is devoted to his love for digital content production and marketing; which he practices at 4Play.in. Of late, he is psyched to explore and shape the possibilities in Himalayan sky running.

Mayuri-Deshmukh (2)

Mayuri Deshmukh, India

Champion

A 19 year old climber from Pune, Mayuri has already been climbing for six years now. She has built her strengths around artificial wall climbing and can be seen participating in national level climbing competitions in India. Mayuri has been eyeing the international title for quite sometime now. In order to train harder and better, she is currently building a climbing wall at her home. That said, she enjoys climbing outdoors too and could be seen pushing her limits in the disciplines of bouldering and lead climbing. Some of her recent climbs amount to 7b+ in Tamhini and 7b in Badami.