Diego Among Youngest to Scale Victoria Peak in Belize

Diego Among Youngest to Scale Victoria Peak in Belize

What did you do? 

I climbed Victoria Peak, the second tallest mountain in Belize, which is over 3,675 ft. high.

It is located in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first jaguar reserve. I got involved because my dad was going to go with the men’s group from our parish, but none of them were able to go, so he asked me if I wanted to go, and I said, “Yeah, sure” because it sounded fun.

I had to train for a few weeks before by running laps, climbing stairs, and rope climbing.

The climb, which lasted three days, was very difficult and tiresome.

We saw a lot of wildlife on the way, including birds, frogs, fish, snakes, lizards, salamanders, and white-nosed coatis.

We didn’t see any jaguars, but we saw fresh jaguar droppings. We also saw tapir tracks and some sort of small wild cat tracks.

The highlight of the trip was summiting the mountain. This was especially significant for me because I am one of only four twelve-year olds to climb Victoria Peak and that is the youngest age allowed to climb it.

What organization recognized the achievement? 

The Belize Audubon Society recognized the achievement.

How did homeschooling help you achieve your goal? 

With homeschooling, I was able to do work for the days I would be climbing before the date I left.

What are your interests? 

I like hiking and skateboarding. I also like playing with LEGO.

The photo was taken at the top of Victoria Peak. My dad is with me in the photo and I am standing on the right.