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ONESIMUS PATRIO NYAMANG: Climbing mountains

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 3 2012   /  06:00 am

With seemingly inexhaustible energy, the young boy was trekking up and down a rocky path, holding onto nearby tree roots now and again for fear of slipping into thickets, beyond which steep valleys gaped on both sides.

Unlike most mountaineers, the 6-year-old was barefoot as he pushed his way through the curtain of tall grass with great zeal in the forest of Mount Mbeliling in order to reach one of the highest peaks in West Manggarai regency in Flores.

The awaited moment finally came when the innocent-looking child, holding the Red and White national flag, scaled the summit at an altitude of 1,325 meters at 7:15 a.m.

This brave boy was Onesimus Patrio Nyamang, the fifth child of Agustinus Suhardin and Yuliana Haul, and he beamed with joy while flying the flag on the mountaintop.

Simus, as the kid from Lamung in Golo Ndaring village is commonly called, is ind...