KRUSHNAA PATIL, 21, Mountaineer
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.
“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.”