A Costa Rican touches the top of Mount Everest

May 25, 2012

Update: Warner Rojas and the other climbers in his team have all returned safely to Camp 4 on Mount Everest’s south face, after reaching the highest point in the world Thursday. Rojas is climbing with the Jagged Globe expedition company. An update on the company’s website Friday morning read: “At 0600 on 25 May; David Hamilton, Warner Rojas and Cian reach the summit of Mount Everest (8850m). They are accompanied by Mingma and Thundu Sherpa. It took these guys 9 hours and 45 minutes since leaving camp 4 and they climbed nearly 1000m in elevation. Warner becomes the first Costa Rican national to reach the top of the world. For David this is his 6th summit…”

The team will rest and begin descending the mountain with aim of reaching Base Camp on Sunday.

Warner Rojas is the first Costa Rican to have reached the top of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak, on Thursday according to a Telenoticias 7 report.

Rojas’s Facebook page erupted with congratulations after Telenoticias reported that a member of the 7-member expedition team carrying a satellite tracking device had reached Everest’s 8,848-meter-peak. Navsat, the company monitoring the team’s progress, posted on its Facebook page that the team reached the summit at 6:52 p.m. Thursday night, local San José time, which would have been just before 7 a.m. in Nepal. According to the Telenoticias report Rojas reached the peak second, behind team leader David Hamilton of the Jagged Globe expedition company.

It remains unconfirmed that Rojas reached the summit, but Everest blogger and climber, Alan Arnette, reported that a climber from a separate party reached the summit at 4:45 a.m., Nepal Time, and that the Jagged Globe team was “close behind” and climbing in “good weather” with “no delays.”

After reaching the summit Rojas and the rest of the team still face a long descent – what many consider to be the most dangerous part of the climb.

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