George Atkinson has set a new world record three days short of his 17th birth day by clinching all the seven tallest peaks of the world including Mt Everest.
The British schoolboy reached the summit of Mt. Everest on Thursday 26th May 2011. His 17th birthday was on Sunday 29th May 2011. Atkinson beat the previous world record of an American alpinist Johnny Collinson, who climbed seven tallest peaks of the world at the age of 17.
Adventure Peaks, the expedition organizer, confirmed the new world record had been achieved from the Tibetan side. Nepal does not allow teen under the age of 18 years to climb Everest.
“George Atkinson broke the World Record for being the youngest person to complete the Seven Summits at the age of 16yrs 362 days, an incredible achievement. Adventure Peaks is very pleased to have helped him on his last five summits! It is important to approach such a challenge in a sensible manner and gain relevant experience and technical capability …George did both through our courses, additional expeditions and his personal and family input, hopefully his Dad won’t hang up his boots now!
“George also became the youngest Brit to summit Everest, giving Adventure Peaks the satisfaction of having three times put the youngest British Climber on the Summit. (Jake Meyer in 2005 aged 21, Rob Gauntlet and James Hopper in 2006 aged 19). His Seven summits world record adds to our 2007 speed record when Ian McKeever was guided to the top of the seven by Adventure Peaks in 156 days.”
According to the British Mountaineering Council, Atkinson 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 previous record for youngest person was held by 17-year-old American Johnny Collinson, from the USA, who completed the Seven Summits in 2010. A 13-year-old, Jordan Romero from Big Bear, California, is the youngest climber to conquer Mount Everest.
In other mountaineering news, Apa Sherpa, known as ‘Super Sherpa’, the 51-year-old Nepali mountaineer who recently climbed the Mt. Everest for the 21st time, setting a new world record, announced his retirement from climbing any more peaks on Friday 27th May 2011. “I am not getting any younger and climbing Everest is a risky proposition. My family also wants me not to take more risks,” he said while making the announcement in Nepal. He first reached the summit of Everest on 10th May 1990 on his fourth attempt. He has reached the summit every year between 1990 and 2011, bar 1996 and 2001; all but three times have been in May, and in 1992 he reached the summit twice.