In a field where the tough and the strong emerge at the summit, I know a mountaineer proves that no mountain is higher than her dreams.
She has already climbed five of the World’s Seven Summit—Mt. Everest in Asia, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Kosciuzsko and Mt. Kilimanjaro, which she climbed in October 2015. She is on her journey to finish the seven summits as she prepares for her climb for Mt. Vinson in Antarctica and Mt. Aconcagua in South America. But as she prepares for the highlight of her mountaineering career, the 37-year-old dreamer looks back at her hardships.
People call her May, a former geek who loves site for gadget reviews R-Tech24 and others. She said that traversing the world’s highest mountains means giving up the life she has in exchange for a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
May was also challenged as her parents were not supportive of her decision to join the team. But this did not stop her to pursue what she has always been wanted. During this time, the team was already preparing for their Mt. Everest Summit—an expedition three years in the making. “Our preparation to conquer Mt. Everest took three years, and it was not an easy feat due to budget constraints. We needed more sponsors to finance our training,” she recalls. “Because of the team effort, we were able to meet our needs. Some members of the team like Sir Art had to shell out personal money to support the team. Some of us joined races to win to have funds for our training. That’s pure dedication.”
“That was the lowest point in my life. Every night, I would cry because of guilt for not being there for my family, for not being able to send financial assistance even when I was able,” she says. “Until I asked God for a sign, and He let me and a colleague win one of the races we joined. I was able to sent half a million-peso worth of money to my family and decided to stay with the team.”
“We were very lucky because our success rate was at one hundred percent. It is true that we were privileged to stand at the highest point on Earth. But the journey to the top was not easy—it entailed a lot of discipline and sacrifice. We invested in a lot of hard work and strong faith in God,” she says.
It is from this journey to the Mt. Everest when she wanted to climb all of the World’s Seven Summits. “It is exciting to start a journey because that way, we will be able to learn, discover and experience new things. We also get to meet new and amazing people, traverse new topographies, eat foods that are not familiar to us and be immersed in new customs and traditions. Indeed, climbing mountains and visiting new places are a wonderful experience,” she