Wednesday, February 8

Summit feather in city boy’s cap

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Mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta scaled Mt Wilhelm, the highest mountain in Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday morning, days after summiting Mt Giluwe, the highest volcanic summit of Oceania and Papua New Guinea.

“Dreams are always special… a proud moment to unfurl the India flag for the first time at the top of mt wilhelm highest of PapuaNewGuinea,” tweeted Siddhanta on Wednesday morning.

With Giluwe under his belt, he is just two peaks away from achieving the record of standing atop the highest volcanic summits of the seven continents.

The five volcanic summits he has climbed are Ojos Del Salado (22,615ft) in the Chilean Andes; Kilimanjaro (19,341ft) in Tanzania; Elbrus (18,510ft) in Russia; Damavand (18,406ft) in Iran; and Mt Giluwe (14,331ft) in Papua New Guinea.

The city boy is now training for Pico De Orizaba (18,491ft) in Mexico and Sidley (14,058ft) in Antarctica.

“I am so so very proud because for the first time ever in the history an Indian flag has come all the way up till the highest volcano of the Papua New Guinea,” Siddhanta said in a video message recorded on the peak of Wilhem (14,793ft).

Siddhanta, a few days short of 35 years and seven months, plans to scale Pico De Orizaba in December and Sidley in January.

If he does that he will be the youngest in the world to scale the tallest peaks and volcanoes in all seven continents.

The record is now held by Daniel Bull from Australia, who achieved the feat after scaling Ojos Del Salado in April 27, 2017, at the age of 36 years and 157 days..

Source: The Telegraph

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