“Edmund Hillary” and “Tenzing Norgay”. You might be familiar with these two names. If not, then if you focus hard and if you go into the flashback, you’ll get a faint memory that they were The First to Climb Mount Everest back in 1953!
Mount Everest, as we know, is the highest mountain in the world! And climbing on the world’s biggest mountain back in 20th century, around 60 years from now, wasn’t an easy task. It is also known as Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in Tibet. It is the fifth furthest point from the center of the earth. Just for general knowledge, its peak is 8,848 metres (29,029 ft.) above sea level. This impressive height of Mount Everest attracts many highly experienced mountaineers. For climbing a mountain as high as that, is a really challenging task. As one has to face various climatic conditions; blowing winds, oxygen deprivation, sudden storms, low temperature and avalanches. It’s like you are entering a death zone where you have to fight with anything that happens with you and your body to keep going; headaches, nausea, double vision, etc. Many people succeed and many die while fulfilling their desire to climb Mount Everest. Despite of all these troubling circumstances, making your way out and accomplishing your goal is worth appreciating. Many of you may not know this but there had been many attempts to climb this 8km (approx) long mountain by foreigners. Many British mountaineers made efforts to reach the summit of Everest. Although Nepal restricted the entry of foreigners, still the British mountaineers tried their luck from the Tibetan side. In the first expedition by British, in 1921, mountaineer reached 7000m, (22,970 Ft.) on the North Col, in 1922 expedition; it pushed up to 8320m, which marked in the history of mankind that a human climbed above 8000m. But sadly, seven porters were killed in an avalanche. And then, there was the mysterious tragedy which happened in the 1924 expedition. 2 British mountaineers; George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, attempted to reach the summit of Everest and they never returned. Then came the heroes, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary and they completed their expedition and aim to climb the highest mountain in the world. Climbing has become common now. Despite of many disasters and controversies people try their luck on mountain climbing. Statistics show that more than 3500 people have climbed the Mount Everest successfully and that by March 2012, it has been climbed 5,656 times with 223 deaths. The door for climbing the Mount Everest is opened till 25 may as after that the temperature up there gets warmer which makes mountain climbing more and more dangerous. There are numerous examples that can be stated with respect to a successful mountain climbing story. In fact, there has been a new trend evolving, i.e. to climb Everest without supplemental oxygen. This idea was first served by Reinhold Messner who actually climbed Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen. He described himself as “nothing more than a single narrow gasping lung.” This gained popularity among the climbing elite and since 1996 approximately 60 men and women had reached to the top of the mountain by just relying on their lungs. Women are also becoming a part of this climbing group. Recently, on 24th may, 2014, 13-year-old Malavath Purna became youngest woman to climb Mount Everest. Accompanying Malavath was a class IX student, Sadhanapalli Anand (age 16 years). Both are from Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh. They had a 52 day long expedition. Initially, they were sent to a mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling for training along with 18 other children. And after working hard and giving their best, they were selected for expedition in April on the basis of their higher degree of toughness and endurance.
Though, in November 2013, Purna and Anand were among a dozen teenagers, with same social background and the youngest group to climb Mount Renock (where initially they were denied training for being too young). And after that achievement, the group wanted to conquer their aim of climbing the world’s highest mountain. On being interviewed before going to climb the 8km long mountain, Purna told, “I will climb Mount Everest and after I am back, I am going to be an IPS officer.” The confidence in her could be smelled right away. She is from among the families which struggle to make their way to survive in the world which is a very difficult and a long journey for them. She was inspired by IPS officer Praveen Kumar, who is the secretary of Andhra Pradesh’s social welfare hostels and was behind this and who made this happen to show that if the opportunity is given to the so-called backward people, they can also make it to the top of the world. And now that she has completed the task, the challenge which she had given to herself, she has emerged as the greatest inspiration for not only women, but all the people across the globe. She has proved that though she belonged to a so-called backward class, she removed all the hindrances by herself and made her way to turn her dreams and aspirations into reality.