This cop from Andhra Pradesh is the first Indian woman to climb Europe's highest mountain
G.R. Radhika has created a record by climbing Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Russia and Europe.
Many Indian women have climbed the highest mountain on Earth--Mount Everest. But there is only one Indian woman who has scaled the highest mountain in Europe, Mount Elbrus, after conquering Everest. And you know the most awesome thing about this mountaineer? She is also a cop! Meet Chittoor district Additional Superintendent of Police G.R. Radhika, who has set a record by becoming the first Indian woman to climb the 18,500 ft mountain.
According to The Hindu, Mount Elnbrus is a dormant volcano in Caucasus region in Southern Russia and the tenth most prominent peak in the world. Radhika, instead of opting for the regular southern route to the mountain, scaled from the highly treacherous northern flanks. She even shared her victory in a Facebook post that she shared.
This isn't the first time that Radhika has achieved such a magnanimous feat. The Andhra Pradesh cop, who became the first Indian woman police officer to scale Mount Everest in 2016, had also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa the same year. She then went on to climb Mount Kosciusko, the highest peak in Australia, besides conquering nine other peaks in Australia.
Radhika will be shortly coming back to India, and her teammates have already started planning a grand welcome for her. In an interview to the daily, Chittoor SP S.V. Rajasekhar Babu said that the district police would be organizing a grand welcome on her return to India. "She has made India and Andhra police very proud," the SP added.
According to senior police officers, Radhika plans to scale four other highest peaks in the world to complete the Seven Summit Challenge. We don't know about you but seeing women mountaineers achieve such great heights--quite literally so--makes us really happy. Who knows? Maybe many young girls will take inspiration from her and take mountaineering as well. We know at least we are seriously giving it a thought!