British teenager breaks Seven Summit record

Posted by Lucy Banaji on 26/05/2011
George on the summit of Everest

George Atkinson, 16, reached the summit of Everest just after 8am this morning - making him the youngest climber to tick the Seven Summits.

 

George’s mother Penny posted on his blog this morning: “George has done it. He reached the summit at about 8.15am Nepali time.

Atkinson, who turns 17 on May 29, had climbed the three highest peaks in the UK by the age of seven.

He started the Seven Summits challenge in 2005, at the age of 11, when he climbed Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro, followed by Russia’s Mount Elbrus in 2007.

In 2008 he completed both Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid and Argentina’s Aconcagua, before heading to North America to climb the “toughest” of the first six, Mount McKinley. He ticked off his sixth summit, Mount Vinson in Antarctica, late last year.

The current record for youngest person is held by 17-year-old American Johnny Collinson, from the USA, who completed the Seven Summits in 2010.
 



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