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IAF's air warriors summit 7 major peaks across 7 continents

Friday, January 12, 2018

New Delhi: Air warriors fly high, but some of them prefer to kiss the sky without being in the comfort of a cockpit.

A team of five air warriors of the Indian Air Force (IAF) summited Mt Vinson in the icy Antarctica in the last week of December. The force also claims to be the first defence body to summit all major seven peaks across seven continents.

Before Mt Vinson, different teams of the Air Force had summited Mt Everest (Asia), Mt Carstenz Pyramid (Indonesia- Australisa continent), Mt Elbrus (Russia-Europe), Mt Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mt Aconcagua (Argentina-South America), Mt McKinley/Denali (Alaska-North America) over the last two decades.

Led by Captain R C Tripathi, the only air warrior to be part of all the seven expeditions, the team was flagged off by Air Chief B S Dhanoa in December last. Trekking on a huge barren landmass is a daunting task, admits Tripathi.

From snow storms that piled up a huge mass of snow outside their tents to the sun which refused to get weary even after shining all day, or the sub-zero temperatures to the arduous treks, the five Air Force personnel saw it all. "This trek was particularly challenging because we had sledged our luggage, which we had not done before for any of our treks," Tripathi said.

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