Wall climbing

Border Patrol shares ‘sneak peeks’ of the event

The event was organized by the ITBP in partnership with the Association of Mountaineering Guides of Ladakh.

The North-West Frontier ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) organized an ice wall climbing competition in Ladakh on Saturday 26 February. More than 100 climbers took part in the event, which took place for the first time. Radha Krishna Mathur, the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, attended the opening ceremony. On Sunday, February 26, the ITBP shared “glimpses of the ice wall climbing competition in Ladakh” through a video on its official Twitter account.

It was a 2 minute and 20 second video, which begins with a speech by the Lieutenant Governor, who welcomed the initiative and congratulated the organizers for organizing such an event. He then talked about the ITBP, saying that it was established in 1962 and since then the force has constantly guarded the country’s borders.

In the rest of the video, the climbers are seen scaling ice walls, digging with their ice axes and reaching the top.

Watch the video here:

In another tweet, the ITBP also shared some photos from the competition.

The event was organized by North-West Frontier Headquarters, ITBP, Leh, in partnership with the Ladakh Mountaineering Guides Association.

The ITBP is a specialized mountain force. At present, soldiers mainly travel 3,488 kilometers from the Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh. They also occupy high altitude (9,000ft to 18,700ft) outposts in the western, middle and eastern sectors along the Indochinese border, where temperatures sometimes even drop to -45 degrees Celsius.

A few days ago, an ITBP commander, Ratan Singh Sonal, did 65 push-ups from a height of 17,500 feet in Ladakh. When he achieved the feat, the temperature was -30 degrees Celsius. Watch the video here.

ITBP has an illustrious history stretching back over six decades. The force is also used for anti-Maoist operations and other internal security tasks, in addition to guarding the border.