Ranveer Singh Jamwal, the man from Jammu who becomes the first Army officer to summit the highest peak in all seven continents, rounding off the last when he unfurled the Tricolor on Antarctica’s desolate Vinson Massif on January 4 this year. Within 10 days he finished climbing six mountains over 6,000 meters in the Chilean Andes, including Ojos del Salado, the planet’s highest volcanic peak. At all the places the Tricolor, Army flag and the Hanuman Chalisa have been constant companions.
Jamwal who is 44, summited Everest in 2012, 2013 and 2016 which means he has been at the highest point on the planet thrice. This daring act of his has earned him the Vishisht Seva Medal twice, the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award and a host of other distinctions. Most of his childhood he spent pursuing the sport of every kind, excelling in football and javelin, consistently winning gold. Jamwal also inherited a legacy of service to the nation along with love for the outdoors.
He has so far participated in 39 mountaineering expeditions in the last 15 years, which includes four mountain rescue missions, including for the avalanche triggered by the Nepal earthquake of 2015 that resulted in many deaths at Everest Base Camp. He says that his aim is to better himself.
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