Ligia Madrigal sets out to be the first Tica to make it to the top of Everest. She and climber Warner Rojas are going to make the climb in 2021 in honor of the bicentennial of the country.
Their first official day of training happened recently. The marathon runner and extreme sportswomen is sure about her decision to make the climb even knowing the risks and that 250 people have died trying to climb it.
Her family was afraid for her at first but is very supportive. They know that she has respect for the mountain and that they will stop the trip if it becomes too dangerous. They will climb the north side, from China, which is better regulated. Rojas has made the trip before and has shown Madrigal photos to mentally prepare her.
To adequately train, the pair must climb several mountains. The estimated cost they will have to raise is $100,000. They have some sponsors but are looking for creative ways to make the rest.