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Avid trekker Annapoorna Kuruvina Koppa no more; she had scaled Himalaya 12 times

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Mysuru: Noted trekker Annapoorna Kuruvina Koppa passed away due to cardiac arrest in the city on Sunday. She was 69 and resident of Ramakrishna Nagar here.

She was the younger sister of noted journalist late Rajashekar Koti, the former editor and publisher of Andolana Kannada daily.

An avid trekker Annapoorna was the first woman to hoist Basava Dhwaja at the height of 17,700 feet at Himalayas. She had trekked Himalayas for record 12 times in her lifetime. She had also trekked Nainital, Dalhousie and Mussourie and has the credit of visiting the base camp at Mount Everest. She had gone on a month long expedition to Annapoorna peak at Nepal.

Annapoorna who was the first woman to lead state- level trekking had also won third prize in international marathon. She had undertaken Amarnath yatra for three times and Vaishnodevi Yatra four times and was the leader of the camps.

She had also held various positions like- Vice- president of Youth Hostels Association of India, member of Mysore Grahakara Parishat, president of Vivekananda Nagar Swacchata Sneha Balaga, volunteer of JSS Hospital and had was actively involved in Rashtriya Basava Sevadal.

She leaves behind husband Veerappa Kuruvina Koppa, sons Sunil and Sanjay, daughters-in-law Nayana and Chaya, grand children Gargi, Om and Asmi.

Nirmala Rajashekar Koti and family has expressed condolence.

– Team Mysoorunews

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