Ivan Vallejo (Ecuador) Conquers the 14 Eight-Thousanders.
On May 1st, Ivan Vallejo reached the summit of Dhaulagiri (white mountain), becoming the seventh person on earth to climb the 14 eight-thousanders without supplied oxygen.For those of us that were following his expedition blog on his expedition to the Dhaulagiri, it was like being there, waiting for good weather conditions -for days-, feeling nervous about the summit attempt, and feeling fear thinking that he may not come back safe. But thank the gods of the universe that he is back safe.
What Ivan Vallejo did is amazing. Amazing not only at a personal level but at a global scale. However, Ecuadorian TV channels and the rest of the media only treated it like something unimportant and not worthy of good coverage. Instead they spent hours showing the mediocre local soccer championship over and over.
Newspapers did the same. They ignored Ivan Vallejo´s achievement and placed a short story in the sports section. In a comment (Spanish) in the newspaper website somebody said that it should be a front-page news, and I agree.
I think that this kind of achievements make people feel proud of their nationality and feel motivated in their jobs. Which is what Ivan Vallejo is trying to make us feel by making his dreams come true. But the communication channels are not helping to share this groundbreaking and inspiring news with the people of a country that need this kind of motivation.
Once again, congratulations to Ivan Vallejo. You make us PROUD!
I can´t wait when he is comming back to Ecuador to give him a big hug!