The youngest person to ever climb the highest mountain was a sixteen year old British school boy from Surbiton. He ascended Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on all seven continents, on Thursday, just three days shy of this seventeenth birthday. The previous record holder to climb all seven summits was seventeen years old. He was American Johnny Collinson.
The young school boy, George Atkinson, climbed the Everest summit, which was twenty nine thousand and thirty five feet, from the Tibetan side. The Tibetan side abuts China and Nepal. The Nepal government officials do not comment on any climbing activities on the Chinese side of the mountain so the statement could not be officially confirmed but the British Mountaineering Council confirmed his climb. His first conquest was Mt. Kilimanjaro at the age of eleven in 2005. Mt. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain.
George Atkinson was accompanied by seventeen other climbers. There have been more than three thousand one hundred people that have made over five thousand one hundred ascents of Mount Everest. It was first climbed in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzin Norgay from Sherpa.
This was a major accomplishment by such a young person because it takes no only skill to climb a mountain but endurance.
More info on the “Seven Summits”, and the Youngest mountain climber:
British Teen Becomes Youngest Seven Summit Climber – TIME NewsFeed
May 28, 2011 … Upon reaching Everest’s peak, he also became the youngest Briton to climb the seven summits, lowering a standard set only two and a half …
At 16, Brit boy youngest ‘seven summit’ climber – The Times of India
May 28, 2011 … A 16-year-old British schoolboy became the youngest person ever to climb the highest mountains on all seven continents when he ascended …
Seven Summits – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In doing this, he set a new record by climbing the seven summits within 42 … became the youngest person in the world to complete the seven summits aged 16 …