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Indian mountaineers mourn climber who died on Chilean peak

April 7, 2015

KOLKATA, India (AP) — India’s mountaineering community on Tuesday was mourning the death of a well-known Indian climber who died while trying to summit an Andean mountain in Chile.

Malli Mastan Babu died in extreme bad weather during an ascent of Cerro Tres Cruces, a mountain in Chile’s Atacama region.

The death of the 40-year-old, known in India for climbing the highest peaks on each of the seven continents, was confirmed over the weekend by an official at India’s embassy in Santiago, Chile. He had been missing since March 23.

Mohan Singh Kohli, leader of the first Indian expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest, in 1965, said Malli “definitely had the guts and courage to take risks in life.”

Many climbers noted Malli had degrees from some of India’s top universities, which would have all but guaranteed him a well-paid corporate position. “But his dedication and love for adventure drew him to mountaineering,” said Debashish Biswas, a top Indian climber.

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