Indian Air Force’s women team conquers Mt Everest
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 13:11
  
New Delhi: The Indian Air Force’s women mountaineering team conquered Mt Everest (8848M), the highest peak in the world.

Squadron Leader Nirupama Pandey and Flight Lieutenant Rajika Sharma today reached the summit of the Mt. Everest at 1015 a.m., forming the first three women IAF officers, together with Flight Lieutenant Nevidita Choudhary, who scaled the peak earlier on Saturday to create history.

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force’s women mountaineering team conquered Mt Everest (8848M), the highest peak in the world.

Squadron Leader Nirupama Pandey and Flight Lieutenant Rajika Sharma today reached the summit of the Mt. Everest at 1015 a.m., forming the first three women IAF officers, together with Flight Lieutenant Nevidita Choudhary, who scaled the peak earlier on Saturday to create history.

The team followed the South-East Ridge route, which was used, by Hillary and Tenzing in their first successful expedition to Mt. Everest in 1953.

It is first time in the history of the Air Force that women officers have geared up to raise the pride of the nation to the highest possible point on the Earth.

The team comprised of 11 women officers and was accompanied by one medical officer.

Flight Lieutenant Choudhary and Corporal Raju Sindhu were the first ones to climb Mt Everest in this expedition on May 21, 2011. Squadron Leader Nirupama Pandey and Flight Lieutenant Rajika Sharma accompanied by Squadron Leader D Panda, Sergeant Jasbir Singh and Corporal Ganesh Pokhariya climbed the peak on May 25 at 1015 hrs.

To undertake this challenge, the team underwent strenuous training schedule including Basic Mountaineering Course and Winter Training Camps at Siachen in 2010 and 2011.

They went on to scale progressively higher and tougher Himalayan peaks in the past two years starting with Mt. Stock Kangri (6121M) in Leh, Mt. Bhagirathi II (6512M) in Uttarakhand, Mt Kamet (7757M) in Garhwal and Mt. Saser Kangri I (7672M) in Ladakh.

ANI


First Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 13:11


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