express news service
BENGALURU: If you thought COVID-19 warriors are only healthcare professionals, think again. There were many people who quit their jobs to become dedicated COVID-19 warriors. Now, as the travel restrictions are eased, they are all set to pursue their dreams. One such person is Naveen Mallesh, 34, who is the founder of Bengaluru-based startup Treknomads.
Mallesh was selected from the Karnataka Startup Cell to serve as a COVID-19 warrior. In March 2020, he was assigned the role of in-charge of volunteers for the South Zone COVID War Room.
On Friday, he climbed Mount Elbrus (5,642 m), the highest and most prominent peak in Russia and Europe. He has dedicated the climb of Mount Elbrus to all the Kovid-19 warriors of the state. Speaking from the base camp of Mount Elbrus, Mallesh told TNIE, that he is the only person from Bengaluru and Karnataka who has climbed the mountain during this period. global pandemic.
“It is my dream to conquer all the mountains of seven continents. I had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in October 2019 and wanted to climb Elbrus in 2020 but could not due to the pandemic. But now, as restrictions are eased, I decided to start again,” he said. Elaborating on his visit, Mallesh said, “I took two months of training and practice sessions in Kashmir before going to Russia. I was the only one from here (Karnataka) and there were three Russians with him. Since it was the end of the season for Mt.
Elbrus expedition, I had to run. The protocols adopted in Russia were shocking to me. The siege went on for about three hours before I was cleared. Then, I went to Mineralne Vody and met my trek guide. Eventually, we traveled to the base camp at Mount Elbrus.”
To keep pace with the climate, two treks were conducted before leaving at 1 am on Friday to reach the summit. It took him nine hours to reach the peak.