ITBP pushes for an all-women mountaineering team
With the rising interest of women in adventure sports, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is mulling over the thought of getting an all-women mountaineering team.
An ITBP official has said they have seen women personnel area unit showing a keen interest in adventure sports like rock climbing and trekking. Hence, a group of fourteen women undertook an advanced course in mountaineering from the Mountain and sports Institute (M&SI) in Auli, Uttarakhand. There’s a plan to have a dedicated all-women mountaineering team, he said. These ladies, between the age group of twenty and thirty years, underwent an in-depth and rigorous coaching for six weeks at the institute, where they learned techniques of mountaineering and trekking and conjointly a way to carry out search and rescue operations in tough and hostile conditions. As a part of their advanced training course, they climbed an unidentified peak around 17,000 feet high close to Mana post in Uttarakhand successfully. They have been trained in rock craft, ice craft and snow craft besides survival techniques in high altitudes.
The ITBP started recruiting ladies personnel in January 2017 and since then these personnel have been posted on the India-China border from Arunachal Pradesh to Ladakh. It has also opened up combat roles for women officers in high altitude regions.