Temple: Youth Club mentors set to climb Bolivian mountain

(Photo by Kristen Victorin)

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) At 21,463 feet, Nevado Sajama is the highest peak in Bolivia.

Friday morning 3 temple natives are headed there to climb it.

Children with the Ralph Wilson Youth Club signed a flag Thursday afternoon for their mentors to take all the way up to the summit.

Sponsors will make a donation for every foot they climb in Bolivia which will help raise funds for a backpacking trip the children will take to Colorado next month.

Brett Wilson is a mentor who was also a club member growing up.

As a young man, he made a similar trip to Colorado with club director Jeff Stegall who is also making the climb along with Cody Hannon.

"With all the kids’ support and all the people at Ralph Wilson supporting us, there’s a little more incentive to get to the top of the mountain,” Wilson said

A local physician will also be accompanying the 3 men on the trip up to the summit.

They have been preparing physically and mentally since August last year to achieve their goal.

The men aim to reach the summit in five days’ time.