MELBOURNE: Reena Kaushal on Thursday became the first Indian woman to ski to the South Pole.
Ms. Kaushal, 38, settled in Delhi, made the historic ski-run as part of an eight-woman Commonwealth team that crossed a 900 km Antarctic ice trek to reach the South Pole to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Commonwealth.
Skiing eight to 10 hours a day, Ms. Kaushal and her teammates from seven other countries covered the frozen continent to the pole in about 40 days. Each skier towed a sledge with food and gear weighing some 80 kg.
She skied in winds blowing in excess of 130 km an hour and temperatures of minus 40 degrees Celsius.
*Krishna Patil on Thursday became the first Maharashtrian woman to conquer the world’s highest peak,
The Pune-based Patil was part of a commercial expedition organised by Asian Trekking Agency in Nepal.
Patil (25) has become only the second Maharashtrian to conquer the 8,848-metre high peak. Surendra Chavan was the first from the state to achieve the feat, in 1998, as part of the Yadav-led expedition