|South Indian Malavath Purna,became the youngest to climb Mount Everest. www.britishsouthindians.co.uk|
|Malavath Poorna on the Mount Everest expedition. The Hindu|
If there is will and firm determination, regardless of age any
body can take on risky challenges and come out victorious. Our driving forces ought to be confidence and firm belief in our ability to accomplish whatever challenge is thrown at us. Two young teenagers from the states of Telengana and Andhra, by sheer handwork and will-power, achieved success - scaling Mt. Everest, which no teenagers would ever dream of. At that age, they would rather spend their time on the Cricket or Football
grounds or running errands for their families. For them, the risk
factor is a road block and it is difficult for them to break the mental
barrier set by themselves. Not for Poorna and
Anand, to whom life is all about facing challenges and how best one
handles them is very important. That is the reason why they stand apart
from others in their pursuit of risky
|route taken by Pourna. www.dailymail.co|
|Narendra Modi congratulates two youngsters for climbing Mount Everest - YouTube|
One Dr. R. S. Praveen Kumar spotted and nurtured Poorna's talents when she was a student at the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society for education. Dr R. S Praveen Kumar, secretary of the society had been looking for talents for his Operation Everest, a challenging job for him to select right candidates for the mountain expedition. Al last, he selected Poorna (student of 9th standard) along with a Dalit boy, Sadhanapalii Anand Kumar 16 years old Class IX student from the Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh for the expedition to Mt. Everest. The poignant fact is though both of them had come from poor families, their will and indomitable spirits were high enough to go after the challenge. Since climbing Mt. Everest is a tough one the participants need through training to face any eventuality or worst situation that may unfold on the mountain near the snowline. Obviously Poorna was guided to hike rugged mountains of Ladakh and Darjeeling as part of her preparation for climbing Mount Everest.
|On the way to Mt Everest. Poorna and Anand Kumar. thehindu.com|
During their expedition an unexpected and discouraging incident had happened in April 2014 prior to their assault on the tallest peak. For unknown reasons, a horrible, menacing snow avalanche had swept down and engulfed 16 lives, forcing many climbers to abandon their plans to ascend Everest, as the slopes along some routes were loose and unstable. In the face of this worst mishap and unpalatable incidence, the two youngsters from South India never showed any sign of nervelessness or desperation. Rather, they became more resolute and determined to summit Mt. Everest and be on the roof of the world.
They were well trained by one Shekar Babu, a good mountaineer who himself scaled Mt. Everest in 2007 without any help. It was indeed a great feat on the part of the school students, considering their age and mental maturity. These high school students' remarkable feat will go down in the history of mountaineering and their ascent on the most dangerous summit is an inspiration to all other youngsters not only in India, but also in other parts of the world.