Jakarta, Indonesia CNN – The success of the two Indonesian female climbers, Frances Dimitri Inkiriwang and Mathilda Dwi Lestari, to set foot on top of the five highest mountains in the world was highly appreciated by the Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs Imam Nahrawi.
Both 23-year-old female was praised directly by Imam when they met on a formal occasion in Jakarta, Tuesday (24/1) afternoon.
Frances and Mathilda, who are currently enrolled as students of Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung managed to reach the highest peak in Antarctica, Mount Vinson Massif (4892 MASL) on January 4, 2017 last. Both also proudly raised the Indonesian flag there.
They became the first female climbers from Indonesia to reach the highest peak on the South Pole.
“What you have achieved by successfully reaching the highest peak of Mount Vinson Massif in Antarctica is truly remarkable,” said Imam in his speech to Frances and Mathilda at Gedung BRI, Jakarta, as quoted from the release of the Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs. “Moreover, you have become the first Indonesian ‘Heroines’ who managed to reach the peak.”
“The government of the future , God willing, will provide support to climbers who inspire young people throughout Indonesia,” said Imam.
During the meeting, Frances and Mathilda briefly told the Minister about their journey.
Mathilda revealed the biggest challenge of the climb was the ability to maintain stamina and spirit within themselves.
“(in order ) To reach the top we faced many challenges which we must overcome, with the load I had to carry weighing 50 kg, I kept encouraging myself that I can reach the top, even though the weather condition was minus 33 degrees Celsius,” said Mathilda.
Vinson Massif was the fifth highest mountain of the world climbed by Frances and Mathilda. Both are on a mission to be the world’s seven-highest-peak climber ( seven summiteers ).
Before climbing Vinson Massif, both students of the International Relations Department of FISIP Unpar had reached the top of Carstensz Pyramid (4.884m) in Papua on August 13, 2014 and Mount Elbrus (5.642m) in Russia on May 15, 2015.
Then they continued their success with the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro (5.895m) in Tanzania on May 24, 2015, and Mount Aconcagua (6.962m) in Argentina on February 1, 2016.
The remaining two peaks for Frances and Mathilda in order to successfully complete the Seven Summits mission are Mount Everest (8.848m) in Nepal and Denali (6.194m) in Alaska.