Mountaineering Current Affairs
Satyarup Siddhanta has become second Indian mountaineer after Malli Mastan Babu to climb Mt Ojos del Salado (6893 m), the highest volcano in the world on Argentina-Chile border. He is certified mountaineer from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. He has skied last degree to South Pole by covering distance of 111 km. In December 2017 he summited Vinson Massif, becoming only fifth Indian civilian to complete the seven summits (Messner’s List).
Mt Ojos del Salado
Mt Ojos del Salado is a stratovolcano (volcano built up of alternate layers of lava and ash) in Andes Mountain range on Argentina–Chile border. It is the highest active volcano in the world, situated at altitude of 6,893 m. It is also the second highest mountain in tWestern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere and highest in Chile. Its name means “Eyes of the Salty One” in Spanish and comes from enormous deposits of salt that in the form of lagoons or “eyes”, appear in its glaciers. Due to its location near tAtacama Desert, it has very dry conditions with snow usually only remaining on peak during winter. Despite the generally dry conditions, there is permanent crater lake about 100 m in diameter at elevation of 6,390 m on eastern side of mountain. It is highest lake of any kind in the world.
India’s star amputee mountaineer Arunima Sinha has successfully scaled Mount Aconcagua in Argentina as part of her Mission 7 Summits.
It was her 5th successful summit of the Mission 7 Summits that she had climbed on December 25, 2015 after starting on December 12, 2015.
With this, she created World record by becoming First Female amputee to climb 5 Mountains of the World. These are Mt. Everest (Asia), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mt. Elbrus (Europe), Mt.Kosizko (Australia) and Mt. Aconcagua (Argentina),
Mt. Aconcagua (6,960.8 metres) is the highest mountain outside Asia and is also known as second Everest. By extension it is the highest point in both Western Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere.
About Arunima Sinha
- In 2013, she made the world record by becoming first female amputee mountaineer to climb the Mount Everest (8,848 meters).
- Arunima had lost her left leg in a train accident in 2011 after she was pushed out of a running train by robbers.
- Prior to this accident she was a national-level volleyball player but this accident cost her sporting career.
- She was awarded the Padmashree for her achievement. Her autobiography is Born Again on the Mountain.