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Conquering Mt. Kinabalu at 81 Years Old


Four years ago I start climbing mountains; my first encounter was with Mt. Pico de Loro. My mother mountain teaches me more than patience and endurance but also help me prove that I can overcome my health problem – “the inflammatory disorder”.

Since then I became in love with trekking and dream of climbing more. I envy those people who’ve climbed famous mountains here in the Philippines as well as abroad. And yes this “love & dream” gave birth to “Pinkmountains Blogsite”.

Photo's c/o www.lopezlink.phToday I like to share a story of 81 years old mountaineer and his love for mountaineering. After climbing the tallest peaks of Luzon (Mt. Pulag), Visayas (Mt. Kanlaon) and Mindanao (Mt. Apo) Oscar M. Lopez conquered Mt. Kinabalu last May 2011.Mt. Kinabalu TeamMount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu) is a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is located in the east Malaysian state of Sabah and is protected as Kinabalu National Park, a World Heritage Site. Kinabalu is the tallest peak in Borneo’s Crocker Range and is the fourth tallest mountain in the Malay Archipelago after Papua‘s Puncak Jaya, Puncak Trikora and Puncak Mandala.Mount Kinabalu is also the 20th tallest mountain in the world by topographic prominence.To climb this mountain you will need 2 days, a major climb with difficulty of 6/9, Trail class 1-4 (8km). Just imagine how determine he was to reach the top. I remember my Mt. Tapulao climb; I almost gave up walking miles.The whole Mt. kinabalu teamI salute OML’s passion for climbing! You’ve inspired everyone and prove that “ain’t no mountain high enough to keep us from succeeding.

Read the OML Story here.
Read also: Mt. Kinabalu Diary

Oscar M. Lopez Oscar M. Lopez is the Chairman Emeritus of the Lopez Holdings Corporation (formerly known as Benpres Holdings Corporation). Benpres is the publicly-listed holding company of the Lopez family for major investments in broadcasting, telecommunications and cable, power generation and distribution, and road and water infrastructure. First Holdings is the specific associate holding company for power generation and distribution. He stepped down as the Chairman in 2010 and his brother, Manuel Lopez, succeeded him. He is the uncle ABS-CBN Chairman and CEO, Eugenio Lopez, III. In 2010, Forbes listed him as the 11th richest Filipino with a networth of USD480 million.

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