Ep 75: Lt Col Romil Barthwal Talks About His Experience Of Everest Summit, Boston Marathon, La Ultra, and the Importance of Mental Endurance
In the 75th episode of Run with Fitpage, we had the pleasure of hosting Retired Lt Col Romil Barthwal! Romil Barthwal is an alumina of colleges like National Defence Academy, IIT Kharagpur, and IIM Lucknow. He is B.Sc., B.Tech (Electronics), and M.Tech in the same from IIT Madaras- where he has published research papers in reputed journals. While in the management course he didn’t settle for anything but the best- he is a trophy winner there too.
Currently, the CEO of India’s top high-altitude mountaineering company, Boots and Crampons, Lt. Col. Romil Barthwal is himself an adventurer and army veteran. Some of the feet he has accomplished include the Boston Marathon, the first & course record holder in the non-Ladakhi category in 111 km, and one of the most difficult high altitude ultramarathons La Ultra. He was also runner-up in the 24th New Delhi Stadium run doing 185 km. Besides having adorned Maroon Beret for 22 years ( a privilege only available to the elite special forces) he has led 10 major mountaineering expeditions including the one to Mount Everest.
This episode was a little different. Vikas and Romil started by talking about the endurance journey, how he got trained under the army and what led to the Everest expeditions. As they continued, Romil kept stressing on mental strength and endurance, and finally, the conversation ended talking a bit about spirituality. Hence, you may find this as one of the most inspirational conversations on Run with Fitpage by far.
Vikas hosts this weekly podcast and enjoys nerding over-exercise physiology, nutrition, and endurance sport in general. He aims to get people to get out and ‘move’. When he is not working, he is found running, almost always. He can be found on nearly all social media channels but Instagram is preferred @vikas_singhh.