Last night Warner Rojas became the first Costa Rican to reach the summit of Mount Everest!
Warner Rojas was part of the Jagged Globe expedition that reached the top of Mount Everest yesterday at 6:52 pm.
Rojas is one of the seven climbers that Jagged Globe chose to hike to the world’s largest peak, located 8,848 meters above sea level.
The expedition began two months ago when the group met in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. From there they devised a plan for achieving their goal of reaching the summit of Mt. Everest.
They took their time due to extreme weather conditions, and strong winds. Last weekend, six climbers and two Sherpas (inhabitants of the Himalayas that make their living assisting climbers) were killed.
Luckily, the past few days the climbers encountered good weather and decided to “attack” the top.
Warner Rojas along with his fellow adventurers was placed in field 4 (7,950 meters) at 3 pm Nepal time; 4 am Costa Rica time. They studied the weather conditions for 5 hours before deciding to start the final climb.
England’s David Hamilton, and leader of the Jagged Globe expedition was the first to arrive to camp 4, followed 15 minutes later by Rojas.
After 10 hours the group was finally able to reach the 8,848 meters at 6:52 pm (6 am Friday in Nepal) after rising almost 900 yards from camp 4.
Due to weather conditions, climbers cannot stay on the top longer than one hour after reaching their goal.
Warner Rojas was able to have his picture taken holding the Costa Rica flag, while at the top. This was a proud moment for him, not only for achieving a personal goal, but also for being the first Tico to ever reach the top of Mount Everest!