Skip to comments.13-Year-Old Indian Schoolgirl Summits Everest (From 'Untouchable' Caste)
Posted on 05/28/2014 5:54:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Poorna is a member of India's lowest Dalit caste previously known as 'untouchables'
A 13-year-old poor Indian schoolgirl has become the youngest female to summit Mount Everest, following a difficult and dangerous climb from China's Tibetan side, her expedition organiser said Monday.
Malavath Poorna, the daughter of a tribal farm labourer, reached the top of the world's highest peak on Sunday after climbing from the Tibetan side of the mountain, said Mohammed Ansari, technical coordinator for her team.
Poorna and 16-year-old friend S Anand Kumar, a member of India's lowest Dalit caste previously known as "untouchables", climbed the mountain with ten Nepalese guides, before hoisting the Indian flag, he said.
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Even though the two young Dalit teens were government sponsored, what an incredible achievement. They certainly have my admiration.
It’s hard to imagine that any 13 yr old would have the leg or lung power to do that no matter how hard they trained.
Very hard, but a hard life might make for early maturing and strength.
It must have. It is nothing short of amazing.
“a member of India’s lowest Dalit caste previously known as “untouchables”, climbed the mountain with ten Nepalese guides, before hoisting the Indian flag, he said.”
10 guides for 2 climbers? Wow, “achievement” on the backs of others.
Interesting...this heroic girl’s name is Poorna.
The third highest Himalayan peak is called Annapurna. There is Hindu meaning to both names.
And what were you doing at 13yo ?
“Very hard, but a hard life might make for early maturing and strength.”
especially if she ate hormone laced chicken. But being from India I doubt it.
“Interesting...this heroic girls name is Poorna.
The third highest Himalayan peak is called Annapurna. There is Hindu meaning to both names.”
Poorna means full. Annapurna means full-of-grains.
I am having hard time believing poor maligned untouchables able to spend thousands of dollars to hire 10 guides to Everest just does not make sense. They must have had extensive training... where is the money coming from?
May be they are rich untouchables, like Soros?
Not many climbers solo Everest. Even the “big name” climbers took large teams with them. And even *with* a ten-sherpa team, Everest is a huge accomplishment for a 13-yo girl.
The north route is arguably the most challenging too.
I believe the article said the expedition was government sponsored or, at least the kids were.
Forgot to mention, the “guides”, i.e. Sherpas, handle navigation on the mountain, since they tend to know the routes up the peak, and carry supplies. They’re generally considered necessary for any Everest climb, but especially so for the more difficult China side, and more especially so for two young women who are going to be exerting themselves to the fullest just to get themselves up the mountain, never mind carrying the Oxy tanks, medical supplies, food, shelter, and other necessities.
rock climbing, spelunking, diving, shooting the rapids in tubes, pretty much name it.
I wouldn’t assume that because we all haven’t done an assisted climb up everest, that we’ve all done nothing.
Will she now be allowed to move to the next caste?
No, she first has to go to a casteing call.
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Edmund Hillary had 20 sherpa guides and 362 porters at 33 years old and became lauded all over the world. And you begrudge these girls 10 measly guides?
“And you begrudge these girls 10 measly guides?”
10 measly guides to service these 2 spoiled “untouchables” who are on a gubmint paid-for ego-boost quest.
I know the caste system fairly well. I went to high school with a Brahmin whose initial schooling started in British “public schools”. He was an insufferable prick. He was Valedictorian of his class and proceeded to use his speech to bash the American way of life. He flunked out of the University of Michigan for drinking and carousing, LOL.
Sir Edmund's proudest achievement was to have the likely 2016 nominee of the Democrat Party be named after him.
Especially, since she was six at the time, and he'd never heard of her.
Many Brahmin come across as arrogant in my experience.
I guess you can be that way if you are superior to most other people.