Col Jamwal be­comes first In­dian Army of­fi­cer to scale Seven Sum­mits

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NEW DELHI, JAN 11: With suc­cess­fully scal­ing the Mt Vin­son in Antarc­tica, Col Ran­veer Jamwal has be­come the first In­dian Army of­fi­cer to climb the high­est moun­tains of all seven con­ti­nents. “Sum­mit­ted the high­est moun­tain of Antarc­tica, Mount Vin­son on Jan­uary 4. Feel­ing hon­oured to climb the high­est moun­tains of all the seven con­ti­nents,” said Col Jamwal. He was a part of 9 mem­bers team. Only six could man­age to climb.

“We started our jour­ney from Union glacier on Jan­uary 1. Twin ot­ter planes dropped us at Vin­son base camp on the same day and then we es­tab­lished our base camp, low camp & then Sum­mit camp (which is also called high camp). We started our sum­mit camp on Jan­uary 4,” said the Army of­fi­cer.

“Though the wind was very strong and tem­per­a­ture fall­ing be­low -37 de­grees even then we did not loose our way fi­nally and fi­nally sum­mit­ted at 5pm on the same day,” he added. Ear­lier, the Army of­fi­cer had climbed Mt Ever­est (high­est moun­tain in the World & Asia), the high­est moun­tain of Africa (Mt Kil­li­man­jaro), Aus­tralia (Mt Carste­nesz Pyra­mid), Europe(mt El­brus), South Amer­ica(mt Aconcagua) and North Amer­ica(mt De­nali). It is per­ti­nent to men­tion here that Col Jamwal has the dis­tinc­tion of climb­ing Mount Ever­est

thrice.

He has com­pleted over 30 ex­pe­di­tions across six con­ti­nents. He is the only per­son in India to lead back to back three Ever­est Ex­pe­di­tions. A to­tal of 51 climbers have climbed Ever­est un­der his dy­namic lead­er­ship. In 2015, un­der his lead­er­ship, a res­cue team had done an ex­cep­tional job by sav­ing lives of 60 climbers, stuck in earth­quake at Ever­est base camp in Nepal.

He was also awarded with the High­est Ad­ven­ture Award of India-- Ten­z­ing Nor­gay National Ad­ven­ture Award which is equiv­a­lent to Ar­juna award. He has won seven awards from the Army, in­clud­ing the pres­ti­gious Vishisht Seva Medal twice.

Col Jamwal also re­ceived the Jammu and Kash­mir's high­est award "Sher-e-kash­mir" award for out­stand­ing sportsper­son.

He was declared the best moun­taineer of India by In­dian Moun­taineer­ing Foun­da­tion (IMF) in 2017 and was awarded the IMF Gold Medal duly recog­nis­ing his feats.

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