Unconditional Hardship Always Rewards Sustainable Growth and Success in Life is something that Nandu Chavan has demonstrated for himself. A small frame of body with a huge heart who believes ‘life never stop’s, it is us who stop to live’.
Nandu started his career as a screen printer in 1985 and excelled. He also took martial arts as sport and won many competitions at state level. In 1987 he met a bunch of climbers and outdoor enthusiast who took him close to outdoors. After graduating from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) he successfully climbed more than 100 odd difficult routes like Kokan Kada center route, Ajoba Wall, Peth Pinnacle, Sarasgad Wall and 12 different expeditions in Himalaya, Nandu has volunteered as a key person for rescue programs with Mumbai police and Indian Coast Guards and so many other organizations.
In 1998 hobby had changed into obsession and a set business was closed down for the zeal of outdoors. By now climbing was at its peak and climbers were attempting challenging routes without adequate equipments. Due to the scarcity of equipments lot of incidences happened, where an idea of adventure store was born. Nandu started adventure equipment store for promotion of safety in outdoors in 2010 and brands like Petzl, Singing rock, Edelweiss, Black Diamond, Cliff Climbers, PE Equipments, Led Lenser, Victorinox, Tatonka, Leatherman were associated. Since then Nandu has never seen back and organized various workshops for climbers and outdoor professionals on various technical aspects. Currently he is president of 2 Different Organizations 1 is “Maharashtra Outdoor Professional Association (aka MOPA)” which is a non-profit organization for promoting safety and development of outdoor professionals and 2nd “Children Growth Society” which is again nonprofit organization for providing Educational support to 23 kids.
Today Nandu Chavan leads Mountain Sports Academy Head Office based at Mumbai, and franchise in Delhi-Goa-Nagpur-Nashik-Dehradun-Manali, As a leading Outdoor Service and Equipment Provider co. in Maharashtra, he has personally worked on more than 2000 Outdoor programs for various clients and Children’s since 1987 in India, Kuwait, Dubai and Singapore, also MSA give outdoor support to Ad Shoots and Films, MSA helps almost 126 ad films and 36 different movies also he is a Integral part of Evolve Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
That’s not all Nandu has been closely associated with Organization Development Programs and Designing part with Different organization.
Nandu has received the ‘Sahyadri Mitra Sanman’ award for year 2013 at Sahyadri Mitra Sammelan as a Mentor in Adventure Field. Now Nandu is a known is in adventure field as a Nick name “Nandu Dada”
With continuous hard work and determination to excel and serving the community, Nandu has a vision to open MSA chain of stores across country to make outdoor a safe learning platform for various age groups.
Message to all the upcoming youths – Mountains surely teach dedication, integrity, patience but importantly connecting people to build and maintain relationship is the key to prosper.
There is a Saying,’ whatever we get is always 10% and what we can make out of it is 90% ‘; Nandu is a true example of it….
It is said that ‘Charity begins from home’; and yes! it is completely applicable for him. He is Mr. Utkarsh Suryakant Erandkar; whose hobby is to roam with a treasure of experience of more than 100 treks with his team of experience members. He has faith that if you have wealth, it’s your duty to help others. And because of his this faith he he came out with a Non-Profit Organisation named ‘ROCK CLIMBERS CLUB’, whose vision is to promote adventure sports among the youth.
Due to his vast knowledge and experience in the field of trekking, he managed to put up several workshops and lectures on the same. Famous newspapers like Saamna, Prahar, Sakal etc. and Magazines like Saptahik Sakal, Ishanyvarta and many more published his article’s on various forts in Maharashtra.
In 2011, he came up with unique concenpt called ‘Sahyadri – Kanaa Maharashtracha’. This is the first electronic magazine in Marathi to publish information about trekking, travelling and environment of Maharashtra. Under the various columns, he proived information about forts, caves, tourists spots, flora & fauna and other current issues in the field.
In 2012, he and his team of Rock Climbers Club, started a yearly get-together of all trekkers, for trekkers by trekkers called ‘Sahyadri Mitra Sneh Sammelan’. In which, workshops and lecture on various topic are held. Here they also appreciate the good works done in this field by awarding individuals and organisation.
He was also invited by the Mumbai University as a guest lecturer for their course on ‘Travel Journalism’.
Few years later he launched his own brand – GORILLA ADVENTURES. A first adventure equipment shop in Navi Mumbai. He has also launched an e-commerce website, particularly dedicated to adventure lovers, where they can go online and buy products of their loved brands and get delivery at their doorsteps.
He person who believe that safety is our main moto. He follows the rules, no matter how expensive a particular product / servie can be, our life depends on it. So you should always go with branded equipment.
Bhola Thakoor :
Bhola is an ace mountaineer. He has a heart of an explorer with a strong passion for outdoors. He has
trekked extensively in the Himalayas; climbed mountain ranges in Himachal; undertaken numerous rock-climbing and small peak expeditions across the country; Manish’s entrepreneurial spark found expression when he started Shikharpar in 2006, Result-oriented with strong analytical and interpersonal skills; Bhola
has a rich experience of over 22 years in the field of adventure sports. He is the force behind planning, research and development. He believes that outdoor education is important in the personal development of an individual.