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'53-year-old Bahl eyeing mount Mckinley in Alaska

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl, the oldest woman from to conquer Mount Everest, is now eyeing in in order to realise her dream of scaling summits across the seven continents.

"at a highest of 29,035 feet was the sixth summit scaled by me at the age of 47 (in May) and I am looking forward to make it to in in June next year to complete my quest of climbing spread across seven continents in the world," Bahl, of Impact Image Consultants, told reporters here.

Bahl, who broke the record of to become the oldest Indian woman to scale the at the age of 47 said she feels stronger and fitter at 53 than she did in her 20's.

"After my return from Mount Everest, it took me some time to recover and but now I am fully fit and have already started preparing for my next destination.

Born and brought up in Jammu, the finalist of the Miss contest in 1985, said age is no barrier to achieve one's goals.

"Age is just a number. A focused mind, determination, passion and above all good luck is needed to achieve any great feat," said who is also the first woman from to scale

had narrowly missed the feat last year when she had to return due to high altitude sickness.

"I turned the disappointment into a challenge and worked harder this time to ensure that I reach the peak. I had left for the summit on March 27 and returned successful on May 27, achieving the feat on May 19, a day behind the scheduled date."

She recalled she sang the Indian national anthem and unfurled the tricolour during her 15-minute stay at the top of the peak.

"I did not know that I would create a record while setting out for the summit. The luck was with me this time as weather remained clear for for 11 days," she said.

"On May 18, I decided to spend time and recover. We started for the summit from at 7 o'clock in the evening same day and reached the peak at 7:10 next morning. I was very determined and was ready for it," she added.

She advised the people of her state to explore the nature and beauty of

"Life is very short. I have seen death from close quarters during the summit and I want to tell people that there is more to life than just eating, drinking, shopping and moving on the automatic mode," she signed off.

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 19:20 IST
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