[http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/05/21/72658182.jpg]An additional record-breaking performance trailed the SuperSherpas expedition on Mount Everest last week. Eighteen-year-old Samantha Larson of Long Beach, Calif., reached the 29,035-foot summit on Thursday. This feat, confirmed by the Nepalese government, makes Larson the youngest foreigner ever to reach the summit.
Larson and her 51-year-old father, David, began climbing mountains when she was a middle-school student. The father-daughter team ascended South America's Aconcagua when she was 13 and Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro when she was 14. These peaks represent two of the seven summits, or highest peaks on each of the seven continents.
Conquering Mount Everest was the final step, for Larson, in completing the seven summits challenge. Her decision to finish the quest was made certain when she deferred her freshman year at Stanford University to train.
With this success, she broke the 2006 record set by then-20-year-old British climber Rhys Miles Jones to become the youngest person to ascend the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.
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