The Ministry of Youth
Affairs and Sports has announced today the Tenzing Norgay
National Adventure Award for the year 2010 to recognize the
achievements of persons in the fields of Adventure.
The following four persons have been selected for
the Adventure Awards for the year 2010:-
1. Ms. Reena Kaushal
Dharmshaktu - Land Adventure
2 Ms. Mamta Sodha -
3 Shri Dilip Donde -
4 Late Col. Balwant Singh Sandhu - Life Time Achievement (Posthumously)
Ms. Reena Kaushal
Dharmshaktu has became the first Indian woment to ski 900 Kms.
From coast of Antarctica to the South Pole. She did some High
Altitude trekking in the Pindari Valley, Milam Valley and Ralam
Valley while working as an instructor. Besides this, she has
been climbing extensively from 1996.
Ms. Mamta Sodha has
scaled Mount Everst in 2010, she has scaled island Peak, 20589
fts., Shri Kanth Peak 20422 fts, Mun Peak 16000 fts, Phawara
Rang Peak 21441 fts. She has also climbed Mount Everest- Eco
Expedition- 29038 fts, Nepal.
Commander Dilip Donde has
sailed Solo on INSV Mhadei undertaking Solo Circumnavigation of
the earth round the “Three Great Capes” in 273 days which is a
significant and rare achievement. He is the first Indian to
circumnavigate the earth solo and under sails and 175th
person in the world to achieve this feat.
Late Col Balwant Singh
Sandhu possessed excellent record. A life time devoted to
mountaineering, a highly ethical conduct and great leadership
qualities. He had actively encouraged young people to the
outdoor adventure. He was instrumental in introduction of IMF
Annual Alpine Style climbing Camps and continued to oversee
there till the last. He had climbed and trekked for over 50
years in most ranges of the Himalayas made the most number of
first ascents of difficult peaks including first ascent of
Changabang (6870m) in Garhwal Himalaya in 1974, first ascent to
Phawara Rang (6570) in Spiti, HP in 1977.
The Awards will be presented
to the above individuals except late Col. Balwant Singh Sandhu
by Her Excellency the President of India during the Awards
ceremony to be held on August 29, 2011. Award is being given to
late Col. Sandhu, posthumously and will be receive by his wife
Ms. Helga Sandhu.