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Harshvardhan found his calling in mountaineering at the age of 18.

When one finds Covid-19 has spread to the Earth's highest mountain, they need to look at sustainable living and promoting the use of clean, renewable sources of energy, becomes crucial. This is what 24-year-old, mountaineer and adventure seeker Harshvardhan Joshi, who successfully scaled Mt. Everest in his very first attempt this year, would like to focus on.

Joshi was able to scale the world's tallest summit, a journey that requires indomitable grit and determination despite Covid-19 hitting the region, which delayed the expedition. Rather than taking a pessimistic view of things, he prefers to look at Covid-19 pragmatically, believing it has contributed positively towards promoting the use of clean, renewable sources of energy. Joshi's story is one of the many stories highlighted under Seagram's Royal Stag's initiative 'Make it Large Stories', which showcases the journeys of those individuals who dream big and are fearless to chase them.

Harshvardhan found his calling in mountaineering at the age of 18. Since then, he has completed 100+ expeditions in the Himalayas. His determination to change the world by encouraging the use of clean energy in our daily lives drove him to attempt summiting Mt. Everest. He speaks to IANSlife about mountaineering, clean energy, his early days, and making it large:

Q: Tell us about your beginnings in mountaineering and outdoor sports. How did you discover this?

A: A lot of people who meet me now, think I have been an athletic person since childhood. But the truth is, most of my life I have had a very sedentary lifestyle. I was the geeky kid who was primarily into academics and loved playing video games.

I would say that my tryst with adventure and outdoor athletics started at the age of 15 when I started working in the technology space. I used to assemble and sell computers around Mumbai. The primary motive was independence and my passion for technology. It was during that time I met a few doctors from my town who were into trekking. They took me for a hike to a nearby sanctuary and incidentally, I train there every day now. These doctor friends of mine shared their stories from their expeditions to Nepal Himalayas. As a 15-year-old kid, I was awestruck. They even invited me for one of their Everest expeditions back then in 2011, but I found it very expensive (Rs 70K) and more importantly, I was busy enjoying my teenage entrepreneur life along with my college friends.

During the summer of 2015, I got to know about the Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI). It seemed super-affordable and very exhilarating to go on such adventurous trips. That is when I decided to go on a trekking expedition and realized my love for travel and adventure.

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