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After becoming India’s first civil servant to conquer the highest peak in Antarctica, Uttar Pradesh police officer, Aparna Kumar, is furthering her mission to reach the top of the world.

The mountaineer set off on January 6 as part of a 10-member team headed for the highest point in Antartica’s Ellsworth Mountains. She summited Mount Vinson Massif, which stands at 16,067 ft tall, on January 17—while smiling and posing for a photo holding the Indian flag against a background of ice and snow.

In preparation for the climb, Kumar told SportsKeeda that she did special training in heavy sledge pulling and tire dragging in order to learn how to get both her body and her gear to the top of the mountain in extreme conditions.

For her efforts in mountaineering and for being a role model to women, UP’s Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav awarded Kumar the Rani Laxmi Bai award in 2015. The Times of India also reported that Kumar was given the special DGP Commendation Disc for her achievements earlier this year.

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