IAF women to conquer Mount Everest in 2011

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Mt Everest
New Delhi, Sep 27: In 2011, a team of Indian Air Force (IAF) Women would try to scale Mount Everest, the world's highest peak.

"An all-woman IAF mountaineering team of 20 officers will endeavour to scale the 8,848-metre high Mount Everest in 2011," said IAF officials.

At present, the team is exploring several Himalayan ranges to get mentally and physically prepared for the Mt Everest expedition.

Wing Commander Bhavana Mehra in Aug 2009 led a seven member team to scale the 123-metre high Mount Stok Kangri in Leh. The same team would now attempt to climb the 6,512-metre high Mount Bhagirathi-II in the Garhwal hills, Uttarakhand.

IAF Director General (Administration) Air Marshal Naresh Verma on Friday, Sep 25 flagged off the team on their Mount Bhagirathi. expedition.

The team would scale 7,075-metre high Mount Satopanth in the pre-monsoon climbing season of 2010 and 7,757-metre high Mount Kamet in the post-monsoon season of the same year.

"This team will also be exposed to further higher altitudes in 2011 before setting course for Mount Everest," said the officials.

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