Visually impaired minor climbs Victoria Peak, 2nd highest point in Belize
We’ve been following amazing twelve year old Rowan Garel. He’s the visually impaired student who took on the grueling climb to the summit of Victoria Peak. The trek started on Wednesday and this afternoon, Rowan successfully completed his personal challenge of reaching the summit. Rowan took on the task of climbing the second highest point in the country in an effort to raise much needed funds for an annual summer program held by the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired. With the sponsorship of Delta Airlines, a team of six including Garel’s father and News Five’s cameraman Alex Ellis made the trek to the mountaintop. We spoke with Rowan a few minutes after he completed his ascent to Victoria Peak.
Voice of: Rowan Garel, Visually Impaired Climber
“It was very tiring because on the second day your muscles are stiff because the first day is hills and stuff so the muscles are tired. The second day when you start you’re cold, your muscles are stiff and then after that it warms up and it feels like you can go on forever. I feel really good right now that I’m on top of this mountain and that I’m successful because I know that many people tried and they didn’t succeed but the point is they tried right. But I feel really good right now because even though I can’t see and I do have a disability I made it. So I think that other people that are sighted should think to themselves that, you know, well if he could make it [then why not me? I actually did this as a fundraiser for the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired, B.C.V.I., and they lost some major donors last year. We climbed it [Victoria Peak] because they had a summer camp and they had children from all over the children coming and some of them came from Corozal, P.G. and the surrounding villages. So they didn’t really get a chance to travel to other areas and when they are at the summer camp they could travel to Belize City first of all and then we do little trips to Bacab and Croc Land and stuff like that and they really enjoy that. So I think the funding got taken away from them so we’re doing this to help.”
News Five will have the complete feature story of Rowan’s journey to the top in the days ahead.