Bianca Dias is Goa’s first world-class female mountaineer. She’s also a trekking guide, and a civil engineer by profession. At 28, she is the state’s only woman to represent Goa in professional mountaineering events around the country and the world. And now she plans to become the first person from Goa to scale Mt. Everest. To be sure, there is adventure, excitement, thrill and deep satisfaction in pursuing this life, braving some of the toughest landscapes on earth. But she admits that her parents worry about her before every expedition, and pray that she will return safely.