I made many real life and online friends on Hikr, I thought this is a convenient medium to say Adieus and thank you for all the good times together.
I am going back to India on 16 November. Sorry I can't make it to the Hikr meeting this time.
My stay in Switzerland has been a whirlwind tour, immensely fulfilling both professionally as well as in the mountains. I have to say, had it not been for Hikr, my life would not have been half as fulfilling. Right from my first Hikr-inspired tour Grosser Mythen (T3) hike to some big alpine routes this year, oh, the journey has been incredibly enjoyable. Of course, I also benefited from KP and SP for info/partners, but for the sheer number of trip reports and the wealth of accurate, current information, nothing like Hikr.
Although I am leaving,and I am looking forward to my new assignment and being close to my family/roots, I will still keep my link to CH alive. I will probably keep coming here as a visiting prof during summers and manage to get a week off for climbing, and in any case, I will try to keep a tab on Hikr.
You guys are so fucking lucky, you have an unfair share of mountains and lakes, Grrrrrr... :-)
Ok guys, so bye for now, until next time that is. In the meantime if any of you visits India, especially for rock climbing in and around Mumbai or Bangalore or Hampi (the last two are really superb places for rock climbing all around the year but especially in winter), you know who to call.