History of the Association

The Karnataka Mountaineering Association was founded by Ms.Usha Sarpeshkar (Now Mrs.Usha Ramaiah) in March 1966.

Being an enthusiastic guide she was drawn to the Himalayas for trekking & training as early as 1962. After completing her basic and advance mountaineering courses at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling, she summitted Mt.Mriguthuni in 1964 as a member of the all Ladies Expedition organised by the Bharat Scouts and Guides, NHQ. New Delhi. She was the first lady from the state (then Mysore) to do so.

With this success, and sight set for greater heights, she approached late Sri.H.C.Sarin (the then Secretary HMI and Addl.Secy.MOD) and Sri.S.S.Khera, the then Chairman, Indian Mountaineering Foundation, for the formation of a Mountaineering Club in the State of Mysore (now Karnataka). They guided and helped her in her initiatives to form the club.

This encouragement got a fillip when Capt. Mohan S.Kohli, leader of the successful Indian Mount Everest Expedition 1965 and his team visited Bangalore during February 1966. They were here on an invitation from some colleges and the corporation of the City of Bangalore for a civic reception. Realising that the sport of Mountaineering had not taken root in the state despite the initiatives of Mrs.Usha Sarpeshkar, Captain Mohan S.Kohli invited her to accompany the team on their tour. He introduced her to the audience at every opportunity. Soon she managed to bring together a group of like-minded adventure lovers. Thus on the propitious day of the 6th of March 1966, a meeting was convened on the steps of Kanteerva Stadium, where the seed for the formation of the association was sown.

The first executive committee was formed with the late Shri.K.A.Nettakalappa as the President and Mrs.Usha Sarpeshkar (Ramaiah) as the Hon.General Secretary. On 10th July 1966, Air Marshal S.N.Goyal formally inaugurated the association. At the kind courtesy of the President, the association functioned initially from the premises of the daily “Deccan Herald”.