Showing posts from December, 2013

9 Year Old Becomes Youngest to Summit Mt. Aconcagua

Here is an update to a previously posted blog post! California Boy, Youngest Climber Ever To Summit Western Hemisphere’s Tallest Mountain While many of his friends celebrated the holidays with friends and family at home, 9-year-old Tyler Armstrong made history, becoming the youngest climber ever to reach the summit of the tallest peak in the Western hemisphere.

Various leading Argentinean media outlets reported that the Yorba Linda, California native reached the summit of Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina on Christmas, along with his father, Kevin, 30, and their guide Lhawang Dhondup, 50.

It was confirmed, Friday, in a Facebook post on a page dedicated to Armstrong's climbs that they had reached the summit on Christmas Eve.

"HUGE UPDATE: We are extremely proud and excited to officially announce that Tyler Armstrong has in fact broken the ACONCAGUA RECORD!!!! He was able to summit on Christmas Eve (December 24th)," the post read. "GO TYLER!!! Stand by for so…

Top 10 Facts About Mt. Kilimanjaro

If you’re considering taking on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, there are a few interesting facts you should know about the peak - we’ve compiled a list of our favourites. Hopefully they’ll prove inspiring and will help you on your way to the Roof of Africa.

1. There’s more than one way up
Yes, that’s right, there are, in fact, six routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro and two different trails leading back down. The ascent paths are Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe, Machame and Marangu, while coming down you can follow either Machame or Mweka.

2. Kilimanjaro is a volcano
Although it’s often called a mountain, Kilimanjaro is actually a volcano and it has three cones. The largest is Kibo - with the highest point on its crater rim - as well as Mawenzi and Shira. The latter two are extinct, but Kibo is classed as dormant and could, therefore, erupt again.

3. It’s the highest freestanding peak in the world
As well as having the honour of being Africa’s tallest mount…

Nine Year Old Hopes to Become Youngest to Summit Mt. Aconcagua

California Boy Hopes To Become Youngest Person To Summit Western Hemisphere's Highest Peak While many of his classmates will spend their winter holidays at home with family or maybe at best on the ski slopes around Lake Tahoe, nine-year-old Tyler Armstrong has a higher calling.
The Yorba Linda, California native leaves in a few weeks for Argentina, where he plans to become the youngest person in history to summit the Andean peak of Mt. Aconcagua — the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere.

With impressive climbs up the highest peak in the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney, and Africa’s highest summit Mt. Kilimanjaro already under his belt, this miniature mountaineer hopes to add one of South America’s most challenging mountains to his already remarkable resume.

"It takes lots and lots of training," Tyler told ABC News. "I had to do ice-climbing training, so if I fall I can stop myself and not slide down the mountain. We're really working on m…