594. Curaçao’s Top Climber

Randhy Cuevas.

Randhy Cuevas. Photo by Steve Bakhuis.

Randhy Cuevas (37) has hiked to the top of the Christoffel — Curaçao’s tallest peak at 1,292 feet — 3,680 times over the past 20 years. Three, four, five times a day, sometimes twice or three times a week. He looks to break his record of 8 minutes and 54 seconds at the end of March 2014. (It takes an average person about 1 hour to get to the top)

How? “I’m not afraid, I actually run up and down the steepest parts. And sing at the top of my lungs!”

Randhy is a man of many talents. He’s an accomplished hiker, long-distance runner, dancer, singer, volunteer, radio talk show host, to name a few. Twenty years ago, he studied to become an electrician, but he decided to wash cars instead. “I’d wash cars from 7 am to 7 pm to make ends meet, before I received a loan from SFT bank and was able to start my own business: Criss Cross Cycling Tours Curaçao.”

Climb to the Roses

On January 10, 2014, Randhy decided to put his physical prowess to awesome use:

Randhy on Jan 10, 2014.

Randhy on Jan 10, 2014.

He climbed the Christoffel 10 times over the course of 9 hours as part of ‘Climb to the Roses’ and managed to raise NAf. 32,000 ($18,250) for cancer treatment, awareness and prevention.

But the climb proved plenty treacherous.

“I’m a fighter. It takes a lot for me to give up. I trust in God and keep charging ahead. Obviously, the fundraising goal was an added incentive.”

Randhy’s extraordinary physical feat serves as inspiration for many: his hike mirrors the hardship and suffering inherent in cancer and his persevering against odds recall the slow and steady treatments towards remission.

The Eternal Optimist

Randhy is a big fan of healthy living, he sticks to a vegan diet (no meat, no eggs, no dairy) and spends a lot of time outdoors. I was surprised to learn about his interest in poetry, so I asked him to share one of his poems. Enjoy!


Buskando entre e skina nan di mundu

Tratando na enkontra e flor di mas bunita

Pero pa kapasidat ku mi wowo nan tin, mi no por a hanje.

Luchando entre e bientu nan ku ta trese ideanan na trapi di mi mente

mi kurason a resalta i bin dilanti ku sentimientu nan di balor ku ni oro i plata por surpasa.

Entre kabishamentu di buska e flor di mas bunita,

i pa gana tempu,

mi kurason a dal un gritu i bisa mi dudamentu,

para ketu i kontempla e flor di hubentut ku tin bo dilanti aki.

Ku bo a hisa tera su saya tratando na enkontra e flor di mas bunita,

i ku ounke bo hinkele den un vas di Kristal e no por surpasa su bunitesa.

Teniendo un kopia di e molde di bo bunitesa i kapasidat ku mi mente tin pa sera un amistad entre e flornan,

mi a sinkronisa mi mente i kurason,

konvensí ku e flor di mas bunita ta bo mes.

by Randhy Cuevas

This profile is the sixth in BearingPoints Awesome Young Professionals series. Special thanks to BearingPoint for sponsoring 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao.

About 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao

I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in Manhattan but sometimes miss my first awesome island. Thanks for visiting!

One comment

  1. Extraordinary young man. Focus and discipline will take you where you want to go. Bravo Randy!

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