On 26 May, George Atkinson set the record for the youngest person to climb all ‘Seven Summits’, reaching the top of Mount Everest just three days short of his seventeenth birthday.
George began the Seven Summit challenge in 2005, which has seen him climb the highest peaks across the world’s seven continents, to raise money for the Shooting Star Chase Charity.
Aged just 11 years old, George embarked on his first peak in Tanzania, scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, before jetting to Eastern Europe two years later to tackle the heights of Mount Elbrus in Russia.
In 2008, Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid was the next summit on the list, closely followed by Argentina’s Aconcagua.
Nearing the end of his challenge in 2010 George tackled three peaks in a year, climbing North America’s Mount McKinley before bracing himself for colder conditions up Mount Vinsonin Antarctica.
Saving the biggest challenge until last, George reached the top of the final summit, Mount Everest, at 8am GMT on 26 May 2011, signalling the end of his mammoth six year challenge.
Setting the new record of the world’s youngest person to climb the ‘Seven Summits’, George also claimed the title of the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest.
Every penny raised has gone to the Shooting Star Chase Charity, a children’s hospice service, supporting local families with a child or teenager not expected to reach their nineteenth birthday. Families receive support free of charge, 365 days a year, in their own home and within communities at children’s hospices.
You can find George Atkinson’s Virgin Money Giving fundraising page at virginmoneygiving.com/GeorgeAtkinson.