MANILA - (UPDATED) Filipina mountaineer Carina Dayondon has successfully climbed the Seven Summits, the tallest peaks of each of the seven continents.
This makes Dayondon the first Filipina to finish the Seven Summits and the second Filipino to do so after Romi Garduce in 2012.
According to Fung Yu, her teammate in a recent Balangay voyage, he received a short satellite phone call from Dayondon who said she successfully reached the summit of Mt. Vinson on December 16.
“She just wanted to say that she has descended from the summit and that her climb was a success. Carina also wanted her family to know she is safe. She also asked about her dogs,” Fung told ABS-CBN News.
As of their conversation, Dayondon is back at the Antartica base camp and is waiting for better weather to fly to Punta Arenas in Chile.
In 2011, Fung, Dayondon and others were members of a Filipino crew that sailed two “balangays,” an early form of a boat used by early seafaring Filipinos, through the waters of Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore and Vietnam. During the five-month trip, dubbed the “Voyage of the Balangay,” the crew faced bad weather and floods.
Dayondon was also part of a team composed of three Filipinas who scaled Mt. Everest in 2007.
The Seven Summits is considered the premier mountaineering challenge in the world. With her accomplishment, Dayondon’s name is entered into an elite list of mountaineers.
Other summits included in the list are Mt. Everest in Asia, Aconcagua in South America, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Denali in North America, Elbrus in Europe and either Kosciusko or the Carstensz Pyramid for the Australian continent.
Dayondon climbed Denali in 2006, Everest in 2007, Elbrus in 2013, Kosciusko in 2014, Kilimanjaro in 2015, and Aconcagua also this year.
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