Mountains retained its favorite child.. RIP Malli Mastan Babu
40 years old famous mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who went missing from 24th March 2015 has been found dead. An announcement on Facebook page “Rescue Malli Mastan Babu” which is set up by his friends and well wishers posted ‘Mountains retained its favorite child.. RIP Malli Mastan Babu.’
Mastan Babu’s body was found in a tent around 5,900 metres by Hernan Augusto Parajon, the Argentinean mountaineer who led search operations since March 25. It was Hernan Augusto Parajon who had received Malli Mastan’s last communication as well.
He had left home on December 16 for his trek in the Andes Mountains, which straddle the border between Argentina and Chile. The weather had turned bad soon after he had started his climb, and he had gone missing on March 24, when three other members of his expedition returned due to hostile weather conditions following heavy rains and gales.
Malli Mastan Babu who was regarded as the fastest ” 7 summiteer” in the world, that is, fastest to climb summits in all seven continents. Babu had taken to mountain climbing after working as a software engineer for 3 years and he had summitted more than 150 mountains in 15 years. Besides being a 2000-2002 IIM pass out, he also has a degree from IIT Kharagpur.
To pursue his passion of mountaineering, Mastan remained unmarried. According to his sister, Dr Malli Dorasanamma, the weather is to be blamed entirely. “It appears that from the base camp he set off alone. The rain worsened after he left. He was supposed to return on the 24th, but did not. The area gets a lot of rains and floods,” she said.
According to an interview by one of the source, Mastan discussed about his passion and dream. He said,”I don’t think I want to make any changes to the life I lived. I don’t want to know anything about my future either. I would want to experience and enjoy the flow of life as it unfolds for me. The view from the top of Everest was unbelievable; Climbing in Antarctica was like living another planet. The beauty of mountain valleys with carpets of alpine flowers lakes, clouds streaking from the summits as well as adorning the cliffs and the changing hues of clouds with the variation of sun’s light were all the creation of god. I felt as though I experienced bliss and beauty in nature. I felt very happy! “