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Brit teen becomes youngest to conquer world's top 'Seven Summits'

London , Fri, 27 May 2011 ANI

London, May 27(ANI): A 16-year-old British boy has become the youngest climber in the world to conquer the Seven Summits when he reached the peak of Mount Everest.


According to The Daily Mirror, George Atkinson realized his dream when he made it to the top of the world's highest mountain on Thursday.


"George has done it. He reached the summit at about 8.15a.m. Nepali time. It sounds as if the weather is good. A big thank you to everyone who has helped George to achieve his dream," Atkinson's mother posted a message on his blog.


Atkinson had started the Seven Summits challenge in 2005, 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 Mount Aconcagua, before heading to North America's Alaska Range to climb Mount McKinley.


He ticked off his sixth summit, Mount Vinson in Antarctica, late last year.


The previous record for the youngest climber to scale the highest peak of each continent was held by US teenager Johnny Collinson, who completed the challenge at the age of 17 last year.


The British Mountaineering Council has confirmed Atkinson's record, who was aged 16 years and 362 days when he reached the summit of Mount Everest. (ANI)


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