Los­ing his fin­gers did not stop him from achiev­ing his dream

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RAVICHAN­DRAN Tharu­ma­lingam, or best known as Ravi Ever­est, never fails to bring the Jalur Gemi­lang on his moun­tain climb­ing ad­ven­tures.

Ravi suc­cess­fully con­quered Mount Ever­est 11 years ago. He is listed in Malaysia Book of Records for climb­ing the 8,843.43m moun­tain on May 15, 2006.

Ravi said it was an hon­our to bring the Jalur Gemi­lang on his jour­neys as it showed the pride he has for the coun­try.

“There is a rea­son why I al­ways bring my Malaysian flag on ev­ery climb. It gives me an ex­tra boost to keep go­ing, know­ing that my coun­try is sup­port­ing me.

“I re­alise that only small coun­tries, like Malaysia, brought their flags to show the sense of hon­our they felt for their coun­tries,” he told the New Straits Times at the launch of KidZa­nia SportZ 2017 here yes­ter­day.

The climber said the par­tic­u­lar climb was a sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ence for him.

“Reach­ing the sum­mit taught me the value of be­ing hum­ble and to ap­pre­ci­ate life more as you leave fel­low climbers be­hind and even re­move your own frost­bit­ten fin­gers.

“When I reached the peak, it gave me so much sat­is­fac­tion and made me re­alise the true mean­ing of Malaysian pride,” he said.

Ravi lost all his fin­gers to frost­bite on that par­tic­u­lar climb.

“De­spite the bad ex­pe­ri­ence, there was never a mo­ment that I wanted to give up. The pride and joy in rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try was price­less.”

Ravi said he would con­tinue with his pas­sion and hoped this would show the younger gen­er­a­tion the mean­ing of Malaysian pride.

Ravichan­dran Tharu­ma­lingam with the Jalur Gemi­lang on Mount Ever­est.

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