Climbing the World’s Highest Mountains by the Age of 16!
George Atkinson (born 29th May 1994) is a British climber from Surbiton. At the age of sixteen he became the youngest ever person to complete the Seven Summits Challenge by climbing to the summit of the highest mountain on each of seven continents.
He completed the challenge at 08:15 local time on 26 May 2011 when he reached the summit of Mount Everest.
Atkinson was 16 years and 362 days old when he completed the challenge which beat previous record holder Johnny Collinson who completed the challenge at 17 years and 296 days old.
Mount Everest (North_Face)
Atkinson embarked on a world record attempt to be the youngest person to climb the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents when he was 11 years old. He completed it nearly six years later just a few days before his 17th birthday. He climbed the Mount Kilimanjaro
, tallest mountain in Africa first. This was followed by Europe’s Mount Elbrus
at age 13. Shortly before his 14th birthday Atkinson reached the summit of Australasia’s Puncak Jaya
and returned safely from the summit despite the arrest of his guides and ultimately his own arrest. Peak four was Aconcagua
in South America. At age 16 Atkinson climbed Mount Denali
in North America, reaching the summit on 12 July 2010, followed by Mount Vinson
the highest mountain in Antarctica. The final peak was the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest
in Asia. Atkinson completed the record attempt when he reached the summit on 26 May 2011 simultaneously becoming both the youngest person to complete the Seven Summits as well as the youngest to reach the summit of Everest.