62-year-old woman climbs mountain with son in Kerala

Climbing one of the highest and toughest trekking peaks in Kerala’s Sahyadri Mountains is not for everyone. Especially when most hiking and adventure sports are not associated with older people. But one 62-year-old woman proved everyone wrong by scaling Agasthyakoodam, believed to be the second highest peak in the state.

The woman named Nagaratnamma used the rope climbing technique and scaled the summit on February 16, 2022. The video of her inspiring ascent was posted on Instagram by a page titled Hiking_._ and she finished the trek with her son and his friends from Bangalore in Karnataka. This was the first time she left the state.

The video showed Nagaratnamma climbing the ropes in a light blue saree. She didn’t give up until she reached the end. Eventually, as shown in the video, she could no longer hold the rope, but she continued to pull herself up by holding on to the rocks.

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62-year-old woman climbs mountain in Kerala

The video’s caption read: “No one could match her enthusiasm and energy, it was one of the most motivating and enriching experiences of all who watched her climb.”

In fact, the video has garnered more than 6,000 views and comments from Instagram users who are stuck in awe watching her rise. People commented: “Well done ammaa‘ and ‘amazing strength and energy’.

The video’s caption mentions that Nagaratnamma has spent a large part of her life focusing on her family, “For the last 40 years after her marriage, she has been preoccupied with family commitments. Now that her children are grown and settled, she can pursue her dreams.”

About Agastyakoodam peak

Agastyakoodam is 1,868 meters high and is part of the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve, which lies on the border between Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu and Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala. According to the Kerala Tourism website, it is the second highest peak in the state and rests on the lap of the Western Ghats. The place is known for more than 2000 species of flora and fauna, which include orchids, mosses and ferns, among others.

Trekking at this site is restricted and public climbing tours are only recommended between January and April.

(Photo credit: Hiking_._ Instagram)


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