Thomas Schilter is 16 years old, he’s from Cusco and has climbed more than 30 peaks in Peru and all over the world.
This young mountaineer is part of The North Face team and has been hiking since age 9. His parents are from Switzerland and encouraged him from a very young age to trek the mountains near his home, located in the Sacred Valley.
“Although his parents are not climbers (Franz, his father, is a professional paraglider), they have always loved to adventure. This was how Thomas’s passion grew”, said El Comercio.
Thomas confessed to El Comercio that instead of video games he was always attracted to mountaineering books when growing up. He then made it to the top of his first mountain, the Vallunaraju, 5,650 meters above sea level, in the Cordillera Blanca in Ancash.
“This journey served him to realize that he was born for this sport. And little by little, the difficulty in this activity has increased, reaching snow peaks from different parts of Peru and the world, more than 6,000 meters high”, El Comercio said.
Thomas’ parents arrived in Cusco 25 years ago to work with local communities They founded a school that teaches over 200 students who have little resources. One of Thomas’ goals with mountaineering is to help with his parents’ initiative.
Cover Photo Justin Main.