A 17-year-old teenager has done the city proud as one of the youngest Indians to ski across Greenland in an expedition that lasted 19 days.
Deeya Suzannah Bajaj, a student of Class 12 at Shri Ram School, accompanied her father, ace adventurer and explorer Ajeet Bajaj, as they followed the line of the Arctic Circle from Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of Greenland to Isortoq on the east coast.
“Deeya did us exceptionally proud. We were initially worried since this year a lot of teams who proceeded on the trip did not succeed and were forced to evacuate due to bad weather and frostbite. She, however, led from the front and was handling the GPS for us,” Ajeet Bajaj said.
Beginning May 13, the Bajajs were part of a six-member team, including two Belgians, a New Zealander, an American and two Inuits, that undertook the expedition, the third in the Polar Trilogy that also includes skiing to the North Pole and the South Pole.
Deeya, who is a black belt in taekwando, a scuba driver and a sports enthusiast, trained hard for up to three months.
Deeya is an avid adventurer and has done an Adventure Course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi and has trekked in the Himalayas. She is a keen kayaker and has experience in both white-water and sea kayaking.
Deeya said she enjoyed every bit of the travel experience to the Arctic ice. She is ready to go wherever her heart takes her, thanks to her supportive and adventurous father.
Such journeys need high levels of energy, and Deeya said she is highly driven.
The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering trains people in mountain-climbing rigorously. It is perhaps one of the best in its kind in India. Many of those who have done the course has climbed some important peaks.