B'luru techie who scaled peaks in 6 continents feted

B'luru techie who scaled  peaks in 6 continents feted

Bangalore Mountaineering Club (BMC) on Monday felicitated city-based mountaineer, Satyarup Siddhanta, who recently climbed the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, with his team.

The software professional shared his experiences and the difficulties he endured during his journey.  An active member of BMC and a certified mountaineer from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling, Siddhanta  began his journey to Mount Everest in April. He was accompanied by three members, all from different states. He was the only one from Bengaluru.

"We started from Nepal on April 9. During our journey, we saw a sherpa falling off a height of 8,000-plus metres at the Everest base camp and the body slid past us. We were shocked but continued on our journey. On May 20, we reached the Everest camp four or the South Col at 8,000 metres. We reached the summit and hoisted the Indian flag on Mount Everest at 5.48 am on May 21,” Siddhanta said.

Everest is Siddhanta’s sixth summit out of the seven highest mountains of each continent he has set out scale. He had earlier completed treks to Mt Elbrus (highest peak in Europe), Mt Aconcagua (South America), Mt Denali ( North America), Mt  Kilimanjaro (East Africa) and Mt Kosciuszko (Australia). His next destination is Mt Vinson Massif of Antarctica which Siddhanta is targeting during December-January 2017.

The 33-year-old Siddhanta, who has been fascinated by mountaineering since 2008, made his foray in the field by leading a team of mountaineers to Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, in 2012. Before that, he had undertaken a  trek to the Everest base camp in 2010 that motivated him to take up mountaineering seriously.

“Ironically, I was an asthma patient and in school sports, I couldn't run those 100 metres without keeping an inhaler in my pocket ready. Over the years, I have overcome my health problem with discipline, exercise and will power,” he added.

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