Oahu gentleman mountaineering Koko Head 39 times for psychological health and fitness

HAWAII KAI, Hawaii (KHON2) — A person heading up the Koko Crater Stairs does not commonly make the information, but 40 times in a row?

It is a feat that 31-year-aged Nicholas “Nico” Escobar worked to execute on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

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Escobar celebrated his 31st birthday with a large challenge: climbing 33,500 toes, or the similar elevation from the sea ground to the summit of Mauna Kea.

He to begin with prepared to consider 37 back-to-back visits to the best of the common Hawaii Kai hike and to start with established foot on the trail at midnight on Wednesday, but just soon after 5 p.m. he mentioned he would go for 39.

A feat like this took a village in concerning just about every hike.

“We rub him down with some zinc, we ice all of his extremities, we give him nearly anything he wishes to consume or consume,” explained Laura Aldea, Escobar’s buddy and supporter. “Some of the staff placing ice in his hat, within his sleeves, down his shirt. He’s unquestionably heating up out there.”

Escobar geared up for most of 2022 and a supervisor of the Uloha climbing shop knew it.

“If anyone’s going to do it, it’s Nico.”

Matthew Sorenson, Uloha supervisor

Any individual who has hiked Koko Head will admit that is a massive actual physical challenge, but it gets to be a mental accomplishment once a hiker will get to much more than a handful of excursions up and down the significant stairway. That is the whole issue of Escobar’s feat to elevate awareness and funds for mental overall health.

“Exercise was at first — I guess for me — my total daily life has been my way of coping with mental health,” Escobar stated. “But this 1, this 1 listed here is much more about my mates, a lot more about everything likely on all over me.”

Escobar partnered with Mental Well being The united states of Hawaii and — keeping the elevation of Mauna Kea in thoughts — hopes to raise $33,500.

“It would be superior if we could be additional open with each other,” Escobar reported.

“Especially, you know, appropriate following COVID, as COVID is wrapping up and whatnot, mental overall health is so critical and I feel that persons are recognizing that a lot more than at any time,” Sorenson said.

Between Escobar’s supporters were neighborhood extremely runners, who want operates for a longer time than the standard 26.2-mile marathon distance. Even though most folks can not do what they or Escobar can, they mentioned pushing oneself does not just have to be about actual physical health and fitness.

“Anyone can press the limits,” Eric Weslowski mentioned.
“You can drive your own limitations. It doesn’t just take, you do not have to be an extremely runner,” Sergio Florian mentioned.

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“But any person can do it inside their own degree of capability to press them selves to do some thing massive and the system actually responds and is truly great for us, I imagine,” Florian mentioned

Escobar’s staff explained to KHON2 at 6:56 p.m. that he was determined on a 40th and ultimate excursion up the mountain. Carrying out 35.63 miles in 19 hours, 27 minutes and 59 seconds ascending 34,908 toes.