LA NACIÓN (Costa Rica)
SAN JOSE - Costa Ricas claims to fame include beautiful beaches, a stable democracy, a greasy pigskin specialty called chicharrónes, a couple of World Cup appearances and as of this week, membership in the exclusive Mount Everest Club.
Costa Rican mountaineer Warner Rojas reached the 8,848-meter (29,029-foot) summit of Everest Thursday night, making him the first Tico as people from the tiny Central American country are called to reach the worlds highest point, La Nación proudly reported.
Very, very tired. But happy, Rojas said upon his return to base camp.
Rojas was one of seven climbers in a team led by the Jagged Globe trekking company. The Costa Ricans feat comes just days after four climbers died on the Himalayan peak after getting caught up in a traffic jam of more than 200 hikers.
Tropical Costa Ricas tallest mountain, Cerro Chirripó, is 3,819 meters (12,530 feet) tall, less than half the height of Everest.