Viridiana Álvarez Chávez of Aguascalientes, Mexico started working out at age 28.
I have “no background” as a mountain climber, Chavez said on a CNN video.
I am from “nowhere” and in my city, there are “no mountains.”
On the same CNN clip, she recounts hearing discouraging remarks like “you cannot do it”, or “you are inexperienced”.
At the age of 36, last year, she scaled the trifecta of the world’s highest peaks.
She then submitted her application to Guinness World Records, as per the CNN report.
It was for the record completion of the fastest ascent by a female of the top three highest peaks with supplementary oxygen.
Chavez achieved this incredible feat in just one year and 364 days.
Therefore, Guinness recognized her achievements and awarded her via a remote ceremony recently.
The Trifecta Of Himalayan Peaks’ Timeline
On Guinness’ website, the following peaks and their completion dates are recorded:
- Mt Everest 29,029 feet high (8.85 km) high) May 16, 2017
- K2 28,251 feet high (8.61 km) on July 21, 2018,
- Kangchenjunga (28,169 feet high (8.59 km) on May 15, 2019.
As of now, she is the first Latin American to reach the peak of K2, the second-highest mountain in the world.
The Previous Record
CNN reported that Chávez beat the record of a South Korean mountaineer, the late Go Mi-Sun.
Go Mi-Sun achieved the triple Himalayan threat in two years and two days in 2007.
Unfortunately, two years later, Mi-Sun passed away while on a trek in Nanga Parbat.
Five Out Of Fourteen
Chavez told Guinness that conquering the world’s fourteen highest mountains is next on her to-do list.
She has scaled five of those peaks, therefore she is off to a great start.
CNN reports that the Coronavirus has put Chávez’s plans on hold, and the mountaineer is in Mexico waiting and training for the day it’s safe to set out and hike once more.