August 31st marked the end of the second challenge in Alpina 4 Summits World Challenge. It was an incredibly exciting finish that saw Sylvia Chang of Fremont, California take home the #3 spot after recording 37,658m of elevation gain during the Kilimanjaro Challenge.


We wanted to learn what drove Sylvia to such great lengths and here is what she had to say:

"Hiking has always been my passion. For the past few years I hiked and backpacked many places in San Francisco bay area, Eastern Sierra, UT Grand Circle, ….etc, and had the opportunities to backpack around the globe in Tanzania and Taiwan. As we gain more experience, we always want to challenge ourselves to go higher, faster, and further, and to experience different and more difficult terrains. I didn’t find out about the challenge until 2 weeks into the Kilimanjaro Challenge. At the time of the challenge it is also when I signed up for a trail running race and started training for it. AllTrails challenge is a great training tool. With the encouragement of my husband, Stanley, we got up early every morning and headed to nearby hills and enjoyed a good workout before work. The challenge helps building a daily exercise routine. Within short time my name showed up on the leadership board, it keeps the excitement and motivation going. Unfortunately I over-trained, and without proper care, I had a serious injury and operation. I had to rest through the Denali Challenge.”

As 3rd Place finisher Sylvia received an indispensable tool for her next adventure, the Alpiner Automatic from Alpina Watches:



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