Reena Dharmshaktu - First Indian Woman to Ski to South Pole

Posted by: William Roth on 1/12/10 7:41 AM

Reena When Reena isn't teaching students on NOLS courses in the Himalayas, she is achieving other fantastic dreams, like becoming the first Indian woman to ski to the South Pole.

Her team was comprised of 7 women, each representing different countries. Reena was awarded the opportunity over 116 others to represent India. The trek took 38 days while towing 80 kg sleds for 8-10 hours a day. The route took her across 915 km (568 miles) of one of the "coldest and most desolate regions of the world."

It's currently summer in the Antarctica, so the team had daylight for 24 hours. "Bewitched by Antarctica," Reena had tweeted four days ago. After reaching the Pole, she called up her sister in Delhi, Shilpa, to share the excitement. "She said she was absolutely thrilled to have achieved her goal."

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