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Arunima Sinha gears up to unfurl the tricolor in Antarctica's highest peak

Arunima Sinha gears up to unfurl the tricolor in Antarcticas highest peak

Sounak Mullick

Published: 14 Dec 2018 5:01 AM GMT
If everyone thought that Arunima Sinha’s 52-day summit to the World’s highest peak Mount Everest was remarkable, the 30-year old is now gearing up for more. The athlete is currently preparing herself to unfurl the tri-color on top of Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica. Before becoming the first woman amputee to climb the Mount Everest in 2013, Arunima lost her legs in a disastrous accident which created a roadblock in her life in 2011.  But she was a warrior. Not affected by the disability, Arunima wanted to re-write the history books so that the entire world takes notice of her achievement. Her aim is to climb the highest peaks in each of the seven continents.
Apart from Mount Everest, she has climbed the highest peaks of five other continents. She has climbed the Mount Everest in Asia (2013), Kilimanjaro in Africa (May 2014), Aconcagua in Argentina (December 2015), Kosciuszko in Australia (April 2015), Elbrus in Europe (July 2014). Her visit to the ice continent will not only complete the list but she will make history by becoming the first ever woman amputee to climb the seven summits. Back in 2013, Premlata Agarwal became the first ever Indian woman to climb the seven summits. Before taking the long flight to the southernmost continent, Arunima met Prime Minister
Narendra Modi
who handed her a National Flag which she will carry to the top of Mount Vinson during her expedition. "India is proud of Arunima's accomplishments and her fortitude inspires us all," tweeted the honorable Prime Minister. https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/1072865177542909953 The Padma Shri awardee went through a harsh incident when she was thrown out of the train in April 2011 from an unreserved compartment of the Padmavati Express after thieves attempted to snatch her bag. She was immediately caught in the tracks of another train and it went over her legs. The former national level volleyball and football player was admitted to AIIMS and experts fitted her with prosthetic legs. It was then that she decided to conquer the seven summits. Later that year, she got in touch with Bachendri Pal, who was the first Indian woman to climb the Mount Everest. It was under her training that she mastered the art of Mountaineering and was a turning point in her life. On May 2013, she was at the summit of the Mount Everest. Now she is on the verge of creating history once again.
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