SGVean conquers one of SEA’s tallest mountains

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After successfully reaching the Philippines’ summit, Mt. Apo (2,954 MASL) in November last year, FSRM Senior Associate Ruben Simon Jr. joined an eight-man team from the Backpackers United mountaineering group to climb Malaysia’s Mt. Kinabalu. Standing tall at 4,095 MASL, it was once considered the highest peak in Southeast Asia. Climbing this United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site was not at all easy for Ben.

He explains, “Aside from exhaustion, the team had to contend with high altitude sickness and we had to trek for 16 hours on our descent. You just have to push yourself to the limit and see where it can lead you. As an SGVean, this shows that we can reach greater heights if we persevere, prepare and be a team player.”

This year, Ben will be joining the same group to climb Philippines’ second and fourth tallest mountains (Mt. Dulang-Dulang and Mt. Kitanglad, respectively) in June and Taiwan’s highest (Mt. Yushan/Jade Mountain) in November.