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Scaling heights with an unwavering zeal

G. Suresh Babu with the Silver Jubilee College principal and his mentor on Wednesday.

G. Suresh Babu with the Silver Jubilee College principal and his mentor on Wednesday.  

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20-year-old completes challenge trekking up peaks in Australia

After scaling Mt. Everest in 2017, a 20-year-old man from the district has now completed the Aussie 10 challenge. In the challenge, the mountaineer had to trek up 10 peaks at the southern end of the Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales, Australia.

Quick recognition

G. Suresh Babu, the mountaineer, was born in a poor Scheduled Caste family at Gonegandla village of Gonegandla Mandal in Kurnool district. He is in the second year of B.Sc at the Silver Jubilee College. In September 2016, while he was in intermediate at the Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Education Institution (APSWRI), he had applied for a training camp, where he was selected to trek up the Mt. Everest.

After nine months of training in Vijayawada, West Bengal, Sikkim and Jammu and Kashmir, he was selected to for the Everest expedition after just three levels of capability tests. After Everest, he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (5895 metres), the highest peak in Africa, Mt. Elbrus (5642 metres) in Russia, Mt. Manaslu (8163 metres) in Nepal and Mt. Aconcagua (6960 metres) in Argentina. He is the youngest person from India to summit Mt. Manaslu.

Recounting his first experience of climbing, he said he wasn’t afraid even while passing by dead bodies of other climbers on the way to Mt. Everest. “I was physically and mentally prepared for the experience,” he said. He is aiming at a Guinness world record for climbing most meters under 20 years of age.

Though climbing peaks comes naturally to Mr. Babu, sponsors are as rare as hen’s teeth. “Whenever I speak with prospective sponsors, they generally brush aside my requests saying that since I have climbed the Everest, there is nothing more to achieve,” he said.

For now, the Mountaineer has been getting support from his peers and teachers at the college as well as district Collector S. Sathyanarayana. He hopes to have a few more sponsors to fund his expeditions.

The adventure junkie plans to scale Mt. Lhotse (8516 Mts), which is a part of the Everest massif and the fourth highest peak in the world. He would like to go for sky diving before graduation and wants to be a police officer.

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