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Volcano summiteer from Kolkata makes it to record books

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City boy Satyarup Siddhanta made it to the Guinness World Records on Tuesday after the world record chronicler admitted that he was the youngest person to climb seven summits and seven volcanic peaks. The news came at a time when Siddhanta is on an expedition to the North Pole. He will complete an explorers’ grand slam after the North Pole feat.

Guinness World Records on Tuesday night flashed on its official page: “The youngest person to climb the Seven Summits and the Seven Volcanic Summits is Satyarup Siddhanta, who was 35 years and 261 days old when he completed the feat by reaching the summit of Mt Sidley in Antarctica, on 15 January 2019.”

The record was earlier held by Australian climber Daniel Bull, who was 36 years old when he achieved the feat.

“I feel proud as an Indian to have achieved this. Though I climbed Mt Sidley on January 16, it took some time to go through several sets of corroboration before Guinness officially announced it,” said Siddhanta over phone from Norway’s Longyearbyen. The IT professional is likely to go for the final push on April 12.

“Expedition to the North Pole is a combination of skiing and walking on drifting ice. In fact, the starting point for the expedition depends on the ice and prevailing ice drift condition,” said Dipanjan Das, one of Siddhanta’s friends. The critical area to reach the top of the globe starts during the last leg of the journey, when the adventurers have to struggle with pockets of very soft ice.

Source: Times of India

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