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IAF's air warriors summit 7 major peaks across 7 continents

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Air warriors fly high, but some of them prefer to the sky without being in the comfort of a

A team of five air warriors of the (IAF) summited in the icy in the last week of December. The force also claims to be the first defence body to summit all major seven peaks across seven continents.

Before Mt Vinson, different teams of the had summited (Asia), (Indonesia- Australisa continent), (Russia-Europe), (Africa), (Argentina-South America), (Alaska-North America) over the last two decades.

Led by R C Tripathi, the only air warrior to be part of all the seven expeditions, the team was flagged off by B S Dhanoa in December last.

Trekking on a huge barren landmass, which is a continent in itself, is a daunting task, admits

"Summiting every peak is different. You have different challenges in terms of topography, climate and logistics," he said.

From snow storms that piled up a huge mass of snow outside their tents to the sun which refused to get weary even after shining all day, or the sub-zero temperatures to the arduous treks, the five personnel saw it all.

"This trek was particularly challenging because we had sledged our luggage, which we had not done before for any of our treks," said.

On their arrival in Delhi, Tripathi, S S Mallik, Rajesh Mookhi, R D Kale and Corp Pawan Kumar-- were felicitated by the Air Force chief, both for their feat and for returning back safely.

"When you conquer all the six peaks and you have the last one left, you tend to do mistakes. My only worry was your safety," the Air Force told the mountaineers.

The fear seems justified as the force lost two of its personnel during a 2005 expedition to summit

"We dedicate our success to Sqdrn Ldr S S Chaitanya and Sgt Shantanu, whom we lost during our expedition in 2005. We dedicate this achievement to all our martyrs," said.

But how does it feel to summit the peaks in all continents?

"Mountaineering is a sport where nobody is there to clap for you or cheer you. No one can see the pain and agony. You are on your own in the wilderness. You just have to feel the achievement," Tripathi added.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 16:50 IST