Anusha Subramanian is an award-winning journalist, a British Chevening Scholar and a mountaineer. She was nominated thrice for the Press Club’s Red Ink National Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2012, 2017 and 2021 and won the award in 2012 for her investigation on the issue of ‘How Environmental Clearances are Given out for Projects by the Environment Ministry.’ Her other two nominations were for investigations into ‘How Two Police Constables from the State of Maharashtra Faked Their Mt Everest Summit in May 2016’ and for ‘How a Mountaineer Faked his Summits to Bag the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award in 2020’.
She quit full-time journalism in 2013 to pursue her interests in mountaineering and working for social causes, however, she continues with independent journalism writing on topics on social issues, inclusion and adventure sports. Two of her three Red Ink nominations came for stories she filed as an independent journalist.
She founded her commercial entrepreneurial venture Bohemian Adventures with two other women mountaineers. With this venture, she has combined her writing skills with her adventure training to be able to effect greater change in society by getting more people introduced to the outdoors and adventure.
The outdoors embraces you with open arms. For those who have never experienced the outdoors, it can be exhilarating, inspiring, and even therapeutic. But, unfortunately, the outdoors are not easily accessible to everyone. Climbing mountains has never been about proving anything to anyone or herself. For Anusha, it is all about cultivating a more inclusive space in the outdoors”. As a professional mountaineer and guide trekking guide, Anusha is focused on making trekking more inclusive. For her, empowerment is ‘inclusion’, providing equal opportunities for all. Her larger goal is to work towards building more awareness and creating more opportunities for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Outdoors.
To this effort in the last 5 years, she has gone Tandem cycling with the blind. In 2017 she did the Manali to Khardungla Cycling along with blind cyclists to build more awareness about inclusion in the outdoors. In 2018, she led the first inclusive climb to Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. She has been continuously leading inclusive treks for Bohemian Adventures. What initially started with just the blind has now extended itself to include autistic individuals, Individuals with other medical conditions or disabilities such as Parkinson’s. In April 2023, she will be guiding a person with Parkinson’s to Everest Base Camp.
Anusha has always believed that to bring about change you have to be the change.