Be honest: Have you climbed a mountain in your life? Not everyone can say yes with conviction. However, one three-year-old boy have earned bragging rights--he has climbed not one mountain but 27 total.
Three-year-old Wyatt Maktrav Bedural y de los Reyes went on his first mountain hike when he was just eight months old. According to his blog, he reached Mt. Pico de Loro, the highest peak of Cavite at 664 meters, when he was barely a year old. And then he went on to conquer even greater heights.
Of course, he wasn't able to do it alone. His parents Ed and Sha are both mountain climbers and have brought their toddler in tow for even the most challenging feats. All because there was no yaya who could look after Wyatt, and they wouldn't want that simple fact to hinder their love for the outdoors.
Eight-month-old Wyatt at Mt. Pico de Loro with parents his Ed and Sha
Surprisingly, Wyatt showed interest in being one with nature. "He's really happy with the trees, the environment, and the people we met on the trail," Ed and Sha told Rappler via e-mail. In fact, he was enjoying himself so much that he didn't want to take to rest.
Maybe his name have set him up for climbing glory. His first name "Wyatt" means brave and strong, while his second name "Makrav" is short for "Makiling Traverse," a trail in Mount Makiling in Laguna. Coincidentally, he has sort of conquered that hike while he was in his mother's womb. His mom Sha didn't know she was already pregnant with Wyatt at that time.
When we said "greater heights", that was not an exaggeration. At a young age of three, Wyatt has climbed the four highest mountains in the Philippines: Mt Apo in June 2014, Mt. Dulang-dulang and Mt. Kitanglad both in March 2014, and Mt Pulag in December 2013. These adventures maybe a spur-of-the moment thing for the family, but a lot of thought and planning takes place, especially because of the little tot. Certain factors such as weather, level of difficulty, the flora and fauna of the mountain, to name a few.
Wyatt (1 year and 11 months old) at Mt. Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines
Wyatt (1 year and 8 months old) at Mt. Dulang-Dulang with dad Ed
Wyatt (1 year and 5 months old) and at Mt. Pulad with mom Sha
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One thing is for sure, thought, Wyatt enjoys the hike and reaps a lot of benefits, too. "Aside from the fun that climbing brings, we noticed that Wyatt's stamina is getting stronger and he was able to resist a lot of sickness. Unlike other kids, he seldom gets sick and has never been hospitalized," the couple said. Their observations are on track and are backed science and experts.
Dad and contributing writer Robert del Rosario, who is also a former professional boxer, mixed martial arts practitioner, former motorcycle champion, and avid wakeboarder says, "A young child exposed to being healthy will most likely turn out to be active and strong adults... [and] in order to keep this in practice, it would be ideal for the whole family to be into athletics.
According to an article in smartparenting.com.ph, the benefits of physical activity for a young child include, psychological well-being, confidence, self-reliance; social development; superior general health and mobility; and better coordination and concentration. Aside from these, it also cultivates creativity and sets the child up for better cognitive learning.
What sport or physical hobby would you like to share with your child?
Sources: December 9, 2015. “VIRAL: Meet the 3-year-old Pinoy who conquered 26 mountains” (philstar.com) December 7, 2015. “This adventurous Pinoy toddler has climbed 26 mountains with his parents” (rappler.com) Wyatt Maktrav;'s Adventures (www.wyattmaktrav.com)