Ajeet Bajaj

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Ajeet Bajaj
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At South Pole
Born 1965
Occupation Adventure sports
Spouse(s) Shirly Thomas Bajaj
Children Deeya Suzannah Bajaj and Meghna Ann Bajaj
Parents Jai Dev Bajaj and Satya Bajaj

Ajeet Bajaj (born 1965) is the first Indian to ski to the North Pole and the South Pole within a year.

Early life[edit]

Bajaj (also affectionately known as "Bagage") completed his schooling at Lawrence School, Sanawar.[1] At the age of twelve he climbed the 12,000 ft (3,700 m) high Friendship Peak near Kullu, and then at sixteen years old he ascended the Hanuman Tibbal, a 20,000 ft (6,100 m) high peak.[citation needed]

He graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi.[citation needed]

Adventure[edit]

Bajaj became the first Indian to have skied to both the North Pole[2] and the South Pole,[citation needed] and has undertaken travel in 17 countries spanning six continents.[citation needed] In July 2008 he kayaked along the coast of Greenland as part of an Indo-American team. The expedition’s aim was to create awareness about the effect of global warming on glaciers.

Bajaj has won a bronze medal in the national games for kayaking[citation needed] and a silver and two bronze medals in international rafting competitions in Switzerland and Siberia, Russia.[citation needed] He has captained an international team for world white water championships in Turkey.[citation needed]

Bajaj qualified as a climbing instructor at the French National School of Alpinism and Skiing[citation needed] and has experience in a host of other adventure sports including skiing, rock climbing, snorkeling, sea kayaking, scuba diving, bungee jumping and canyoning.[citation needed]

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society[citation needed] and is former President of the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India.[citation needed]

Achievements[edit]

  • Chief Instructor for kayaking course conducted for instructors of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi, India.
  • Course director for River Running courses conducted for the National Institute of Water Sports, Goa, India.
  • Leader of first descent expeditions on the Nubra, Shyok, Ravi and Beas rivers in India.
  • Leader of rafting expeditions on Indus, Zanskar, Yamuna, Bhagirathi, Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers for the Indian Army. First descent by Kayak of upper Yamuna.
  • Expedition leader and chief instructor for forty-five river running courses and expeditions for the Indian Armed Forces. Many of these expeditions were on uncharted rivers in the Himalayas.
  • Joint leader Indo-U.S. Kali-Sarda River Expedition (first descent) – 1987.
  • Member of a number of international expeditions in India:
  • Indo-U.S. Uttar Ganga Expedition (1984) in the upper reaches of River Ganges in the Himalayas.
  • Member Indo-Canadian Sutlej Expedition (1985) which undertook first descent of the Sutlej River in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Member Indo-Canadian Teesta expedition (first descent) – 1986 in Northeastern part of India.
  • Technical Director for Four Square International White Water Challenge 2001, India.
  • Former President, Indian Association of Professional Rafting Outfitters of India.
  • Member of executive committee *Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.
  • Awarded PadmaShri in 2012[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ajeet Bajaj says the school motto kept him going at expressindia.com
  2. ^ "Honoured for conquering North Pole". The Hindu. 7 May 2005. Retrieved 2011-11-07.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ "Padma Awards". pib. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.