After scaling Mt. Everest and Mt Lhotse, Juan Pablo Mohr, a Chilean mountaineer, is aiming for 3 more mountains measuring elevation more than 8,000 x 3 meters in another 48 days.
Mountaineer Mohr had set a target to climb 5 mountain peaks of more than 8,000 meters altitude each in 100 days. Fifty-two days have gone past to climb Mt Everest (8,848m) and Mt Lhotse (8516m). He scaled Mt Lhotse — the world’s fourth highest mountain, on May 16 and Mt Everest — the world’s highest mountain on May 23, 2019. He created the record of climbing the two mountains only within seven days and that too without supplementary oxygen and any helping hand of Sherpa. This is not an ordinary feat as it motivates and inspires the new generation to push their limits to create a new vista of avenues and achievements. In the next 48 days, Mohr has to climb 3 more mountain peaks.
He is the first Chilean to reach the summit of the highest mountain in the world without supplementary oxygen. May 15, 1992, is the landmark day in the Chilean history of mountaineering as a group of Chilean mountaineers Rodrigo Jordan, Juan-Sebastian Montes, Cristian Garcia-Huidobro and Mauricio Purto were the first to set their foot on the summit of Mt Everest. Exactly after 17 years, Mohr, another Chilean ascended the Everest without carrying any baggage of additional oxygen cylinders with him.
“Summit of Everest! After 24 hours of sticking that too without any assistance of Sherpa or extra supplement of oxygen than the usual quota of given quantity — we touched the summit of the world’s highest mountain peak, Mt Everest,” says he. A very long journey it seems and very intense activity both mental as well as physical it has been. “Thanks to my family and friends whose support always count for me. They are the engine who pulls me to make a difference in my own life by living a life as if a mission is being achieved,” he exudes confidence.
Mohr has a dream to climb 14 highest peaks in the world. He has climbed four of them and ten more to come. He is on his mission and he will achieve it to realize his dream. He is recuperating now after scaling Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse last week. He is eyeing on the next target to continue his mountaineering expedition of the remaining three loft mountain peaks having an elevation of eight thousand meters as per his set plan of 5 x 8000 x 100 which means scaling 5 mountains of more than 8,000-meter height in 100 days before he returns to Chile. He is all set to go for a climb on Mt Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Gasherbrum I (8,080 m) and Gasherbrum II (8,035 m) without carrying supplementary oxygen cylinders.
By now Chilean mountaineer Mohr has gathered enough experience in mountaineering and he has an important piece of advice to share. He says, ”People who have never been to mountains and know nothing of climbing rush to the Mt Everest to scale it. It is ridiculous as they don’t know how to put (on) crampons or use the ropes on way up to the summit. They are like a baby who wants protection all the time with enough supplement of extra oxygen and an army of Sherpa behind them to lift them up to the summit of the mountain. They are also accompanied by Nepali guides to tutor them at every step they take.”
He reminisces, ”I am the youngest son with three other siblings. I have been introduced to sport particularly adventurous ones from childhood — an early period of his life. I took to skiing with my parents when I was just 3 years old in my hometown Santiago (Chile). I started climbing rock at the early age of 15. I love sports and activities which have a lot of physical exertions and an element of adventure.”
Juan Pablo Mohr is the first Chilean to get the third rank (position) in the Mountain Hardware Trail Running (51 km).