17-yr-old, Johnny Strange scales Mt Everest; breaks world record
On June 8th Johnny Strange, a 17-year-old high school senior, broke the world record for youngest person to climb the highest summit on every continent, the Seven Summit challenge, by scaling Mount Kosciuszko in Australia. The previous record was held by 18-year-old Samantha Larson of Long Beach, Calif. in 2007. Strange, scaled Mount Everest on May 20th.
Strange scaled the original seven summits, which included Everest, Vinson Massif, Kosciuszko, McKinley (6,500 metres) in Alaska, Aconcagua (6,900 metres) in South America, Kilimanjaro (5,900 metres) in Africa and Elbrus (5,600 metres) in Europe.
He has been climbing mountains since he was 12. He is now the youngest person ever, to have climbed all seven summits. After he finished the final summit in Australia he wrote an inspirational e-mail to friends and family.
"Never let anyone stifle your dreams no matter the feat, for if you have the heart and the courage, impossible is nothing."