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Family Roots and New Beginnings

Lucky Sulistio's journey from a technician in Bogor, Indonesia to a seasoned mountain guide exemplifies the transformative power of nature and the resilience of the human spirit. Born into a family with modest means, Lucky's early years were shaped by the necessity of work to support himself and his loved ones. His father, a retired teacher, and his mother, a hardworking housewife, instilled in him values of perseverance and determination.

Growing up in the bustling city after an early childhood in a coastal village, Lucky's world revolved around the daily grind of work and responsibilities. However, a chance invitation from a friend in 2014 would change the course of his life forever. The suggestion to embark on a mountain climbing adventure to Mount Kencana marked the beginning of Lucky's profound connection with the natural world.

A New Sheet of Life

The initial climb to Mount Kencana, standing at 1803 meters above sea level, was a test of physical endurance and mental fortitude for Lucky and his friends. Being residents in a tropic nation who knew nothing about climbing, they suffered from challenges such as fatigue, heavy backpacks, and unfamiliar temperatures. The way to the peak was a way complaining each other. Nevertheless, reaching the summit brought a sense of awe and wonder that transcended the physical hardships. The breathtaking beauty of the landscape and the serene atmosphere at the peak left an indelible mark on Lucky's soul.

The mountains, once a distant landscape, had now become a source of solace and inspiration for Lucky. 

Habits that Change

As a technician in a manufacturing company, grappling with the demands of a challenging job, Lucky found himself yearning for the tranquility and peace he experienced in the mountains. The monotony of work and the stresses of urban life drove him to seek solace in nature during his days off. Whether it was a trip to the beach, a visit to a waterfall, or a hike in the hills, the cool and calm of outdoor activities provided a much-needed respite from the rigors of his daily routine. Lucky's growing passion for camping and climbing led him to immerse himself in outdoor activities, expanding his knowledge and skills in preparation for more challenging expeditions. The risks inherent in outdoor pursuits only fueled his determination to equip himself with the necessary expertise and gear to ensure his safety and that of his companions.

In the crucible of nature, Lucky found a sanctuary from the chaos of urban life and a canvas for self-discovery and personal growth. The mountains, with their timeless beauty and unforgiving terrain, became a backdrop for his journey of resilience and transformation.

Mountain Guide

Mount Pangrango, standing at 3019 meters above sea level, is where Lucky's love affair with the mountains began - a tale of resilience, self-discovery, and unwavering passion.

Accompanied by five friends on a seemingly routine hike, Lucky found himself facing unexpected challenges that would test his courage and determination. As the group ascended towards the summit in the early hours of the morning, a series of events unfolded, leading to a moment of crisis that would leave Lucky grappling with fear and uncertainty. He vomited, shivered, and lost consciousness eventually. Fortunately hisfriends didn’t leave him behind but carried him to the base camp and treated him. He survived.

The experience traumatized Lucky deeply. In a long time he was afraid of thinking about mountains and climbing. Fear, was the only thing left in his mind. The story would end here if Lucky did not overcome the trauma. He did. He embarked on a journey of renewal and self-discovery. Returning to Mount Pangrango with newfound courage and gratitude, each climb became a testament to his resilience and unwavering passion for the mountains. With every ascent, Lucky's love for mountain climbing grew stronger, propelling him towards new peaks and forging lasting friendships along the way.

In 2017, A chance encounter with a friend who is a climber ignited Lucky's idea of becoming a mountain guide. He started to guide people in the mountains and found himself love the job. In 2019, driven by a desire to turn his passion into a profession, Lucky took the leap towards a career as a mountain guide. Balancing his new role with his existing job as a technician, he immersed himself in the world of outdoor adventures, finding fulfillment and purpose in guiding others through the rugged beauty of the mountains.

As Lucky's journey unfolded, his role as a mountain guide evolved from a job to a calling - a testament to his perseverance, courage, and unwavering dedication to his craft. With each step forward, Lucky embraced the challenges and uncertainties that came his way, guided by a deep sense of purpose and a love for the outdoors.

Now, we can call Lucky a “mountain guide” now. He quitted his old technician job and became a full-time mountain guide. He loves his new role, enjoying outdoor and communication with his clients. He feels that he is getting much more than what he is paid as a mountain guide.

Challenges and Resilience 

In 2020, as COVID-19 cast its shadow over Indonesia, Lucky faced unprecedented challenges in the tourism industry. With climbing and tourist destinations shuttered due to the pandemic, he and his friends had to pivot their business to survive. Turning their basecamp into a coffee shop and selling merchandise became their lifeline amidst turmoil.

Despite the hardships, Lucky remained steadfast, weathering the storm as his friends gradually departed the business. Alone but undeterred, he found solace in the mountains, eagerly awaiting the day when he could return to the peaks that held his heart. As thesecond year of the pandemic dawned, a glimmer of hope emerged with the government's vaccination efforts and the gradual reopening of tourist destinations. Clients began reaching out again and Lucky felt alive again. Looking back, the motivation which supported Lucky overcoming all of these difficulties were simple: he loves mountains and climbing.

Now, the “mountain guide” Lucky is guiding people in the mountains again. This is not the perfect ending. There are many unexpected troubles and dangers waiting ahead. He got lost in the wilderness, suffering from dwindling supplies and exhaustion but navigated the treacherous terrain eventually, ensuring his clients' safety and eventual return home; He stumbled upon a climber in dire need, springing into action, orchestrating a daring rescue and saved the climber’s life.

For Lucky, the mountains are not mere landscapes; they are living entities, pulsing with a vitality akin to our own. He ponders if these majestic peaks harbor emotions, mirroring the complexities of human life. To him, the mountains are not just destinations but integral parts of his existence, imbued with significance and purpose. Guiding others to the mountain's summit is also not just a job for Lucky - it is a deeply emotional journey.The pride and joy he feels when helping clients achieve their climbing goals are palpable, often moving him to tears.


To Be Continue

In sharing his stories and experiences, Lucky hopes to inspire others to embrace the beauty of the natural world and to cultivate a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of all life.

Lucky, good luck!