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Sanawar boys climb Everest

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Solan, May 21, 2013
First Published: 19:51 IST(21/5/2013) | Last Updated: 23:32 IST(21/5/2013)

With the hoisting of the Tricolour and the school flag on the highest peak of the Everest, a seven-member team of students of The Lawrence School, Sanawar, has set a new record of being the youngest team to scale the Everest on Tuesday.

Four among the seven climbers of Class 12 are from Punjab, while others are from Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

This herculean feat has accorded them the claim of being the only boarding school in the world to unfurl the Tricolour and the school flag atop the lofty peak. The school has also become the first school worldwide to send a team to the Mt Everest.

Six boys are 16 years of age and Raghav Juneja is of 15 years, making him the youngest Indian to scale the Mt Everest. He has now beaten the record of Arjun Vajpai, who was 16 when he scaled the Everest.

Many expeditions have trudged atop the Everest since Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing summited the peak way back in 1953.

Sixty years later, seven students of Sanawar made the history and glorified their alma mater.

The team - Sanawar Everest Expedition 2013 - led by Col Neeraj Rana (retd), former principal, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling, was shortlisted among the volunteers after a gruelling basic mountaineering course at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

The team members - Privthvi Chahal, Ajay Sohal, Raghav Joneja, Shubham Kaushik, Fateh Brar, Guribadat Singh and Hakikat Grewal - arrived at the base camp in Nepal on April 19.

Congratulating the boys, school headmaster Praveen Vashisht said the conquest of the Everest was not a mere step, but a giant leap for Sanawar.

"They have indomitably upheld their school credo - Never Give In - in letter and spirit," he quipped.

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