A Filipina mountaineer is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Carina Dayondon, Noelle Wenceslao, and Janet Belarmino by setting her sights on scaling Mount Everest.
Carla Kaya Tumaliuan recently conquered the 9,262-ft Mount Apo in just six hours, she and is now preparing to hike the world’s tallest peak.
To be physically prepared for the Everest climb, the 27-year-old trains herself through regular climbs, crampons training, bouldering, running, and practices of her knot-tying skills.
Tumaliuan did a trail run at the country’s highest peak with her two friends and their guide. She reached the summit through geothermal company Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) Executive Trail.
“To be honest, it was the best climb and the best trail I ever had. I did not expect the trail to be that beautiful. I really saw how EDC took care of the trail and preserved the nature there. I was in awe even of the tree nursery they have there,” Tumaliuan said.
“I would like to climb again using the same trail.”
“I am really grateful for the Kidapawan Tourism Office, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and EDC. All of them helped make our climb possible, and they all cheered us on during the climb.”
Tumaliuan also shared that while her training is exhausting, the financial aspect of her preparation is equally challenging.
She is currently looking for groups and individuals to help support her Everest bid.
“Climbing Everest is every mountaineer’s dream. I’m not asking sponsors to just support me. In sponsoring my Everest bet, I want to share my blessings by sending children to school and to complete their studies. If I can make it to Everest, I hope these kids can feel like they can achieve anything,” she said.
Back in 2007, mountaineers Wenceslao, Dayondon, and Belarmino became the first Filipinas to reach the top of Mount Everest.
Last December, Dayondon returned to the tallest peak and became the first Filipina to complete the "7 Summits."
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