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Braving odds, city homemaker Preeth Appaiah scales Kilimanjaro

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Mysuru: “Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security
unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively, unless you can choose a challenge instead of a competence”, says Eleanor Roosevelt.

Preeth Appaiah a resident of Bannimantap in Mysuru city is a housewife, who had sciatic nerve problem and doctors had advised her not to do any physical activity which can aggravate her pain. But this lady was unstoppable as she saw her son Aryan Kuttappa going for adventure in 2018 to Himalayas for an expedition.

She also made her mark by hiking to Mt Brighu in 2018. Since then there is no stopping her, as she has climbed many like Mt Sarpass, Valley of Flowers and Great lakes of Kashmir.

Her instinct to climb Kilimanjaro kindled in 2022 when a group of people from Mysuru successfully climbed Kili and returned back
thumping. Since then she was not able to sleep as her instinct said I also can do it. But remember the doctors had ill advised her of doing any misadventure, but her son Pratham Poonacha has been a constant motivator saying that ‘mama u can do it.’

Then her hunt started and spoke to various persons in Mysuru city and booked the agency and the training started under the able mentorship of Yoga Guru Mahadeva. Tried coaxing people to come along but none from Mysuru came along,  but she was determined to go and took the yellow fever shot and set the Ruck Sack in order and went to the airport to board for Kilimanajaro. It was not an easy task for women to travel alone and in the journey you don’t know will there be any one coming along on the trek from Marangu Gate in Tanzania.

She trekked through rain forest to Mandara Hut, and from here she trekked to Horombo Hut, amidst the woodlands to moorland.

“The view of Mt Kibo is just mesmerizing but here I was totally out of shape due to Altitude mountain sickness, but as advised by mentors I took lots of liquid and liquid to keep myself hydrated. From Horombo hut I trekked to Kibo Huts which is physically challenging and steep too,” said Preeth Appaiah.

Here many of them revert too, but alas I had come over from the AMS and was going good and finally had a good rest. But on March 8, 2023 which is celebrated as International Women’s Day, coincided with my summit and I pulled my shoes and went for the finale- Mt Kilimanjaro. It was enthralling moment of my life as I set my foot on the Kilimanjaro via Gilaman’s point. It was not an arduous task as after walking for more than 10 hours, I reached the finale summit of Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Uhuru Peak Africa’s Highest peak which is at 5,895 meters (19341feet) above sea level, which is the highest free- standing peak in Africa.

It was a proud moment said Preeth Appaiah as she held the National flag and sprinkled few colours on the summit as it was Holi too on that day.

Preeth Appaiah said this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of her husband J M Aiyanna, who is an advocate in Mysuru city. 

She was trained by Vinay Singh & Shankar Subramanya of Royal Riders and International Academy of Mountaineering and Allied Sports.

– Team Mysoorunews 

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