KOTA KINABALU: Their climbing gear arrived four days after them but for the Philippines Everest team, it was not reason enough to quit from their quest to conquer the Mt Kinabalu via ferrata or “iron road”.
Team leader, Arturo Tavarro Valdez said it was a difficult decision to make but they decided that it was too late for them to turn back.
“You can’t imagine how we felt. When we arrived, we did not have our baggage with us. It was flown to Guangzhou (China)!” he said.
The baggage containing their climbing gear only arrived here on Monday, four days after the team arrived in Kota Kinabalu and certainly after a triumphant climb on the world’s highest via ferrata.
The team consisted of Fred Balbastro Jamili, Carina Gonzaga Dayondon, Janet Meniado Belarmino-Sardena, Erwin Gabatan Emata, Teofredo Tablan Esguerra and Vincete Eduardo O’Connor Rodriguez, led by Arturo.
They came, conquered and left with a deep respect for the mountain.
“Irrespective of whether you are climbing Mt Everest or any other mountain, for that matter, what we have learned is never to underestimate any mountain,” said Arturo.
“When you climb a mountain, you can get altitude sickness. So we tell all our friends to never underrate any mountain,” said Fred.
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