Scaling mountains, hills and dreams, Arunima Sinha – a mountaineer from Uttar Pradesh – unlocked a new achievement on January 3rd by becoming the world’s first women amputee to scale Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica.
For a layman, Arunima Sinha indeed remains relatively unknown equity, but this gallant soul has conquered not one, not two, not three, but has surmounted the highest peaks of six continents. Upheaving the Indian flag, the likes of Everest (Asia), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Elbrus (Europe), Kosciuszko (Australia), Aconcagua (Argentina) and Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) in Indonesia were already in her kitty by 2014. And the final nail was hammered this month at Mount Vinson in Antarctica, which is situated at 4,892 metres (16,050 ft).
And just so you know, the temperature around these mountains average around minus 20 degrees F (minus 30 C), making it the coldest of the Seven Summits.
Arunima’s journey towards achieving the impossible is as inspiring as you can think. In past, she has been a national volleyball as well as a football player. But why did she stop? Meeting an unfortunate incident in 2011, she lost her leg after being pushed out of the train by the robbers.
“I resisted and they pushed me out of the train. I could not move. I remember seeing a train coming towards me. I tried getting up. By then, the train had run over my leg. I don’t remember anything after that,” she once said while recalling the incident. The accident left her traumatized and the fact that she suffered some grave leg and pelvic injuries was even more worrying.
Rushed to the hospital, doctors were forced to amputate her leg before a prosthetic leg was arranged for her in 2011 by a private company. Determined as ever, she was keen on achieving her dreams. Having an inspiration like Yuvraj Singh, who fought cancer to make a comeback in cricket, and guidance of Bachendri Pal – first Indian women to climb Mount Everest -Arunima took up a mountaineering course before successfully conquering the Everest in 2013.
The undefeated Arunima dedicated her triumph to Shankara Bhagawan and Swami Vivekananda. The 30-year-old was honoured for her achievements and was awarded the Padma Shri and Tenzing Norgay National Adventure award.