ON THIS DATE in 2010, seventeen-year-old Johnny Collinson reached the top of Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica, making him the youngest person at the time to have climbed the so-called Seven Summits. The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents and includes Mount Everest (Asia), Mount McKinley (North America), and Kilimanjaro (Africa).
“We don’t try to get too excited about things, but there’s definitely a sense of relief that he’s done it,” Collinson’s father told People magazine. The Collinson family had spent about $150,000 on their son’s Seven Summits venture.
In May of 2011, sixteen-year-old George Atkinson surpassed Collinson’s record as the youngest to scale the Seven Summits, and seven months later, fifteen-year-old Jordan Romero achieved the feat.