|'National' climber Leo Oracion, planting Philippines' flag on top of Muztagh Ata |
Image courtesy of Philippines Mt. Everest expedition
|Dave Abenojar on Everest in 2006|
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal had awarded Leo a summit certificate making his Mount Everest South Col summit ascent on May 17, 2006. In contrast, Abenojar was certified by the China Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA) to have summitted Everest via the North Col on May 15, 2006 at 10:45 AM Beijing time, or 8:45 AM Nepal time.
The Himalayan DataBase published by American Alpine Club had included Leo in the list of Everest South summitteers for 2006 on May 17,officially recognizing him as the 2nd Filipino on top Mount Everest. The same Everest DataBase had included Dale in the list of Everest North summitteers for Spring 2006 on May 15,officially recognizing him as the 1st Filipino on top Mount Everest.
So....who is now the REAL Filipino KING of Everest...Leo Oracion OR Dale Abenojar?