Indian Air Force make Mount
IAF TO MAKE FIRST EVEREST BID TODAY
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is aiming to add a new feather in its cap tomorrow
when its climbers make their first onslaught on Mt. Everest from Tibet.
While the Indian Army and the Indian Navy have already accomplished the feat,
this will be the IAF’s first bid to summit the highest mountain in the world.
Led by Wing Commander Amit Chowdhury, the IAF team’s plans to scale the 8,848 m
peak earlier was thwarted by a combination of bad weather and the absence of
climbing ropes on the way.
According to reports from various expeditions, a trip leader entrusted with the
work of fixing the climbing ropes shelved his responsibility midway, leaving a
Norwegian team, the IAF team and an Indian Army team to take the initiative.
According to mountaineering website Everest-news.com, the weather will improve
tomorrow to allow a “window”; a conductive atmosphere to make a final onslaught
on the peak from the highest camp.
The 30-member IAF team will avail itself of the window, it reported. Earlier
this month, a French pilot landed on the summit in his helicopter.
Source The Himalayan Times, May 29, 2005
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