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August 16, 2022
#9 - Ishani Sawant

Meet the multi-talented Ishani Sawant - a mountain athlete, national level rock climber, adventure sports enthusiast, and an action photographer who loves to inspire, motivate and spread happiness.


Meet the multi-talented Ishani Sawant - a mountain athlete, national level rock climber, adventure sports enthusiast, and an action photographer who loves to inspire, motivate and spread happiness. She is a mountain athlete aspiring alpinist having represented India for trad climbing internationally, in Thailand, USA, France, UK. She believes in the transformational power of wilderness in growth and development. She teaches adventure sports in India, US, Hong Kong, UAE, rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, downhill biking, white water kayaking and mountain biking. She hold numerous international certifications in her field. She is a Leave No Trace Trainer teaching outdoor ethics. She lives in Manali, at the Himalayan foothills. Where her days are spent training for climbing,  climbing and teaching climbing. She is a law graduate but adventure is her profession. She is an entrepreneur having started ProEdge where she specializes in conducting customized adventure events. She also has a blog where she shares her many adventures. She is currently bolting new routes in Manali and going on High Altitude Expeditions and exploring lesser known trails.

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Transcript

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Katie Duffin

Hello and welcome to the Live Louder podcast, sponsored by FITKYT. This is Katie, I'm one of the co-founders, of FITKYT and one of the cofounders of the Live Louder podcast. And I am so excited to introduce to you all today. The multi-talented as Ishani Sawant, a mountain athlete, National level rock climber, adventure sports enthusiasts and an action photographer, who loves to inspire motivate and spread happiness.

She is a mountain athlete. Aspiring Alpine enthusiast having represented, India for Trad climbing internationally in Thailand, the USA France, and the UK. She truly believes in the transformational power of wilderness in growth and development. She also teaches Adventure Sports in India the USA, Hong Kong and in the UAE, including rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, downhill, biking, whitewater, kayaking and mountain biking. She is absolutely incredible. She holds numerous international certifications in her field. She is a leave no Trace trainer teaching outdoor ethics as well, which is super important. Can't wait to hear more about that.

She is currently based in Seattle, where her days are spent training for climbing more climbing and teaching climbing. She is a law graduate by trade, but adventure is her profession. She is an entrepreneur. Having started pro edge where she specializes in conducting customized adventure events. She also has a blog where she shares her many adventures, and she is currently bolting new routes and Manali and going on high altitude expeditions and exploring lesser-known trails. Sounds like you know how to live louder to me. Ah. We're so honored to have you as our guest today. And there is so much to talk about. So, if you wouldn't mind, we would love for you to talk us through your incredible story.

Ishani Sawant

Well thank you for the introduction. I am happy to be on this podcast and I am super glad to be sharing my journey with you all.

Yeah, so I first went to the Himalayas when I was just ten and it was a summer break when I went hiking there.  It was the first time that I was seeing snow and the whole landscape. It just amazed me so much that I kept going there every summer and as soon as I was 18, I started volunteering with organizations in Peru. And there I got to know that if you do certain courses, you get paid. And that's how I started doing courses. And after that now, I teach courses. So, it's been quite a journey, quite a challenging journey and full of struggles.

Melissa Perkins

Ishani, so why has it been challenging? Tell us a little bit about that.

Ishani Sawant

Yeah, so in India or in any country for that matter like taking up, rock climbing as a full-time profession is super risky for the parents or even for yourself because you can't expect to make a lot of money especially when you have a professional degree like law, and you're all set to become a lawyer and earn a lot. So that change was very hard to make.  But when I started out, I didn't have anything. I didn't have access to gear. I didn't have access to anything to be honest.  I am a female in a very male dominated culture at that time. So, it was very, very hard to actually go out and do climbing. But now, because of technology and because it is much easier to access everything this journey has become much easier.......

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Melissa Perkins,

Self Help Addict / Founder / Mum / Animal & Nature Lover

A self help addict. I like to see the good in everyone, even when most can't. I am always learning something new, about myself or the world. I have a special love for all animals (my dog, my cat, my sheep, my alpaca and cows). I feel most connected when I am in the water or in nature.

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Katie Duffin

Founder / Supply Chain Expert / Mom / Wife

Katie, a former collegiate softball player and long time sales and supply chain leader. For Katie, the unfulfilled yearning was knowing that she was not living her true life calling. A deep desire to live a life of service and to truly raise up individuals, families and communities - is what drives her. By actively participating in everyday life with them, being present not just physically, but by sharing those little moments that are truly precious and so meaningful. ‘’I know that living authentically is the most powerful thing I can do for myself”, says Katie.

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Ishani Sawant

Entrepreneur / Law Graduate / Mountain Climber / Photographer / Adventurer

Meet the multi-talented Ishani Sawant - a mountain athlete, national level rock climber, adventure sports enthusiast, and an action photographer who loves to inspire, motivate and spread happiness. She is a mountain athlete aspiring alpinist having represented India for trad climbing internationally, in Thailand, USA, France, UK. She believes in the transformational power of wilderness in growth and development. She teaches adventure sports in India, US, Hong Kong, UAE, rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, downhill biking, white water kayaking and mountain biking. She holds numerous international certifications in her field. She is a Leave No Trace Trainer teaching outdoor ethics. She lives in Manali, at the Himalayan foothills. Where her days are spent training for climbing, climbing and teaching climbing. She is a law graduate, but adventure is her profession. She is an entrepreneur having started ProEdge where she specializes in conducting customized adventure events. She also has a blog where she shares her many adventures. She is currently bolting new routes in Manali and going on High Altitude Expeditions and exploring lesser-known trails.