Tico climber Warner Rojas reaches highest European peak on Costa Rican Independence Day

September 16, 2016
1 Comments

Warner Rojas, the most accomplished mountaineer in Costa Rican history, carried the country’s flag to the top of Mount Elbrus, the tallest mountain in Russia and Europe, while his countrymen were celebrating Independence Day on Thursday.

Rojas took five days to acclimate to the high altitude before taking two more days to summit Mount Elbrus, which stands at 5,642 meters, or 18,510 feet.

“The weather was extremely cold, so much so that I couldn’t feel my toes for much of the time and I feared frostbite, though luckily nothing happened,” Rojas said.

As one of the Seven Summits, or the highest peaks on each continent, the mountain located in southern Russia is highly sought-after by professional mountaineers looking to go down the continental checklist. Rojas has also climbed the highest points in Asia (Mount Everest) and South America (Aconcagua in Argentina). In addition, the 44-year-old hiker from San Antonio de Escazú has tamed the tallest seven mountains in each of the Andean countries in South America.

He is currently on the tail end of a project to be the first person, along with Guatemalan climbing partner Jaime Viñals, to summit the 10 tallest volcanoes on the planet, which are all located in the Andes.

Rojas reached Elbrus’ peak at 11:34 p.m. Costa Rican time Thursday, just in time to make it on Independence Day. The Tico climber said he made the final push from base camp to the summit without help from a guide or other hikers, noting that almost no one on the mountain spoke Spanish or English.

After making his way down from the top, Rojas shared a message with his country on its special day: “We have a beautiful country and we need to take care of it for generations to come, for those yet to be born and for our children,” he said.

Rojas will return to Costa Rica on Sept. 29.

The Tico Times hiked with Rojas in January’s inaugural trek of the San Jerónimo trail up Cerro Chirripó, the highest peak in Costa Rica.

You may be interested

5 questions for a Venezuelan artist in Costa Rica
Weekend Arts Spotlight
116 views
Weekend Arts Spotlight
116 views

5 questions for a Venezuelan artist in Costa Rica

Elizabeth Lang - July 15, 2018

Art as a passion and a tool for the communication of complex messages of hope, all influenced by the sociopolitical…

UPDATED: 150 rescued after landslides leave motorists trapped on Route 32
Latin America
246 views
Latin America
246 views

UPDATED: 150 rescued after landslides leave motorists trapped on Route 32

Alexander Villegas - July 15, 2018

UPDATE: The National Emergency Commission announced that as of 9 a.m. on Sunday, all 150 people that were trapped on…

Honduras identifies 459 children separated from families in US
Honduras
164 views
Honduras
164 views

Honduras identifies 459 children separated from families in US

AFP - July 15, 2018

A total of 459 Honduran children separated from their parents as a result of Washington's "zero tolerance" immigration policy have…