THE IBEX Brigade added yet another feather to their cap by summitting Mt Shivling (6543 mtrs) recently. It was the first successful expedition of the Indian Army since 1984, which created a new record by placing 11 summiteers (2 JCOs and 9 Ors) atop the summit of Mount Shivling.
The victorious expedition team was flagged-in by Lt Gen O P Nandrajog, GOC-in-C, central command in a grand ceremony held here today at Surya Auditorium.
During the ceremony, the expedition flag was presented by the expedition leader Col Sunil Kotnala, commanding officer, Garhwal Scouts to Lt Gen OP Nandrajog who later released the brochure of the expedition and also addressed the gathering. The expedition was earlier flagged off by Brig Arun Misra, commander IBEX at Joshimath on September 2 last. The team left Joshimath on September 3 and established the road head camp at Gangotri. After the intermediate base camp at Gaumukh the next base camp was established at Tapovan at a height of 4000 metres.
This was followed by establishment of two camps prior to the Summit camp.
Braving icy cold winds, rarefied atmosphere and severe exhaustion, the expedition team passed over vast patches of soft snow and negotiated precariously deep crevasses, steep rock chimneys and vertical ice walls to achieve this grand success.
The expedition team also collected a large amount of garbage from the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. It was for the third time, that the expedition has cleared garbage from the reserve, which has over the years been a constant threat to lives opf the endangered species found in the area. The expedition once again proved the commitment of the eco warriors of the Indian army towards protection of the environment.