A team of eight individuals with disabilities created a new world record on Sunday for ‘the largest number of people with disabilities to scale the world’s highest battlefield (Siachen Glacier),’ by scaling Kumar Post located at an altitude of 15, 632ft.
History was created when the glacier located in the eastern Karakoram range in the mighty Himalayas was scaled by the eight specially-abled persons. The group had been trained and led by the CLAW, a team of Special Forces Veterans from the Indian Armed Forces. The Indian Army’s Northern command cheered the moment for the efforts made by the Indian Army special forces veterans to train the individuals and making the campaign a grand success against all odds.
Operation Blue Freedom successful, against all odds
The campaign, also called Operation Blue Freedom, was actively supported by the Indian Army, assisting to make this unique and compelling expedition a grand success. The team climbed a total distance of 60 km atop the Spine of the Siachen glacier, taking five days from September 7 to finally reach the Kumar Post on September 11.
As per the CLAW, the team climbed 4,000 ft, gradually, while scaling the Glacier. The route involved crossing several deep crevasses, icy glacial water streams, hard-ice stretches and undulating rocky moraines. “This not just tested the physical endurance and mental stamina, but also the ice-craft skills of the participants, like the use of ice axe, crampons, ladder crossing and rope skills,” a CLAW statement stated.
The CLAW maintained that the extremely rough, rocky and undulating terrain along the moraines of the glacier made the climb particularly challenging for the visually impaired and the leg amputees.