Ver­ti­cal limit

KRUSH­NAA PATIL, 21, Moun­taineer

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNE -

She’s all of 21 and al­ready has sev­eral firsts to her list of moun­taineer­ing achieve­ments. At 19, she be­came the first moun­taineer from Ma­ha­rash­tra to reach the peak of Mount Ever­est. Within the next two years, she scaled six sum­mits (the high­est peaks in each con­ti­nent) and be­came the first ever In­dian wo­man to climb Mount Vin­son Mas­sif in Antarc­tica. “I’ve al­ways been drawn to ad­ven­ture; even as a child, I’d go with my fam­ily to the Hi­malayas,” says Patil, an arts grad­u­ate from Pune Univer­sity.

ROAD BLOCK De­spite be­ing the first girl to climb the 7,075 me­tre high Mount Satopanth in Ut­tarak­hand dur­ing her pre-ever­est ex­pe­di­tion, she couldn’t find spon­sors for her Ever­est ad­ven­ture and had to take a bank loan of Rs 30 lakh.

Con­tact: krush­naa­p­atil@gmail.com

sec­ond opinion

“Her achieve­ments at such a young age are note­wor­thy

and we need such bright girls in ad­ven­ture sport” REENA DHARMASHAKTU, FIRST IN­DIAN WO­MAN TO SKI TO

THE SOUTH POLE

“It’s a lonely sport where you are all by your­self in the moun­tains. I now need to spend time with peo­ple.”

Pho­tographs by MAN­DAR Deod­har/www.in­di­a­to­day­im­ages.com

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