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Tica makes history on Everest

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Published on Thursday, May 23 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Ligia Madrigal, 51, a tica athlete (a term used for Costa Ricans) is the first Costa Rican woman to reach the Mount Everest summit, the world's tallest mountain.

Mount Everest is the world's highest peak summit, rising more than 8,800 meters above sea level in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas in the China-Nepal border.

Madrigal and her guide, Dorchi Sherpa, climbed unbroken for five days till they reached the summit of Everest.

Madrigal's husband, Federico Escalante, confirmed at 5 p.m. on Wednesday that she had successfully climbed to the mountain's highest peak. This after having begun her journey from Costa Rica to the top of the peak on April 7.

"She has been an athlete who has faced enormous challenges but she has always triumphed over them," Escalante stated in his statement.

"Conquering Everest was her major pursuing goal, the idea came to her mind, and she did it."

This was Madrigal's second attempt to reach the world's highest mountain after she had to postpone her ascent in 2023 when she was less than a kilometer from the top.

Madrigal's other accomplishments include reaching the highest peak in the Americas, Aconcagua Mountain, located in Argentina's Andes mountain range, with a summit elevation of more than 6,900 meters above sea level, in 2022.

She also ascended Costa Rica's highest peak, Chirripó Mountain, numerous times a year in preparation for his Everest expedition. Costa Rica's tallest peak, El Chirripó, is more than 3,800 meters above sea level.

Madrigal is the second Costa Rican to climb the world's highest mountain. Warner Rojas, a professional athlete, became the first Costa Rican to climb Mount Everest in 2012.

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