IPS officer Aparna Kumar conquers Mount Vinson Massif, the highest peak of Antarctica
I love mountains, and I have this dream of scaling ‘greater heights’. And I am sure, so do many of you.
Aparna Kumar is one woman who has already proved to the world that no dream is too big and that with dedication and true spirit, you can reach the skies.
Earlier, she has successfully scaled Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Aconcagua in South America, and Mount Elbrus in Russia.
And now, this IPS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre has successfully scaled Mount Vinson Massif, the highest peak in the Antarctic sub-continent, an official said on Wednesday.
Eighth most prominent mountain in the world
Aparna Kumar climbed the 17,000-feet-high peak of the Mount Vinson Massif on January 17. With an elevation of 16,066 feet or 4,897 meters, Mount Vinson Massif is the eighth most prominent mountain in the world.
In 2013, Aparna, a professional mountaineer, completed an advanced course at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering, thus allowing her to be an integral part of expedition.
First woman officer to achieve this feat
Along with the Indian tri-colour, Kumar also hoisted the Uttar Pradesh Police flag on the mountain peak.
She is the first woman officer of any All-India Services to achieve this feat. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had conferred Aparna with the Rani Laxmi Bai award and now he has congratulated her for the feat.
Moral of the story: If you really want something in life, put your insecurities behind you and achieve it.