Climbing one of the highest and toughest trekking peaks in the Sahyadri mountain range in Kerala is not everybody’s cup of tea. Especially when most hiking and adventure sport is not associated with older people. But a 62-year-old woman proved everybody wrong by scaling Agasthyakoodam, which is considered the second-highest peak in the state.
The woman, named Nagaratnamma, used the rope climbing technique and scaled the peak on February 16, 2022. The video of her inspirational climb was posted on Instagram by a page titled hiking_._ and she completed the trek along with her son and his friends from Bangalore in Karnataka. This was her first time stepping out of the state.
The video showed Nagaratnamma climbing the ropes in a light blue coloured saree. She did not give up till she reached the end. At one point, it was shown in the video, she no longer could hold the rope but she continued to pull herself up by clutching the rocks.
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62-year-old woman climbs mountain in Kerala
The caption on the video said, “Nobody could match her enthusiasm and energy it was one of the most motivating and enriching experiences of all those who watched her climb.”
Indeed so, the video has received more than 6,000 views and comments from Instagram users who are awe stuck looking and witnessing her climb. People have commented, “Well done ammaa,” and “amazing power n energy.”
In the caption of the video, it is mentioned that Nagaratnamma has spent a major part of her life focusing on her family, “for the last 40 years after her marriage she had been busy with family responsibilities. Now since her children all grown up and settled, she can pursue her dreams.”
About Agastyakoodam peak
Agastyakoodam is 1,868 metres high and is part of the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve which lies in the border between Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district and Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram district. According to the Kerala Tourism site, it is the second-highest peak in the state and rests on the lap of Western Ghats. The place is known for more than 2000 species of flora and fauna, which includes orchids, mosses and ferns, amongst others.
The trekking in this place is restricted and public climbings are recommended only during the months between January and April.
(Credit: hiking_._ Instagram)