Mr and Mrs
Hillary with Lakpa Sherpa and her 15 year old sister who summited
From 2005: Christopher Harris, who
earned the title Australian Geographic Australian Young Adventurer of the year
in 2003 after being the youngest person to climb 3750m Mt. Cook in New
Zealand, is now practicing for a higher ascent: Mt. Everest. Chris and his
father Richard have been invited by Russell Brice, a leader of Everest
commercial expeditions, on an expedition that will
attempt Everest from its Tibetan side in March-May 2005. If the expedition is
successful, Chris will be fourteen and a half when he reaches the summit.
It is unclear why Chris and his father did
not make the trip in 2005, but we understand they have joined the low budget
Russian expedition for 2006. It is also unclear if Chris would become the
youngest "climber" to Everest due to the fact that Lakpa Sherpa's sister age
is unknown as Sherpas do not take a great interest in a birth date....
Chris’ climbing adventures
began at age five when he conquered a 15m cliff face in his father’s climbing
gym and his accomplishments to date include Kosciuszko, Three Sisters in the
Blue Mountains, Mt. Cook, Mt. Elbrus (Europe’s highest mountain at 5642m), and
Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest mountain at 5900m). Chris and his
father attempted to climb Aconcagua the highest mountain in South America and
reached 5800m of the 6962m.
Questions about kids on mountains has long
been debated. Nepal, with encouraging from many, including EverestNews.com,
passed a ban on those under 16 year old. But Tibet is truly the wild wild
Editorial Comment: We have
heard too many families, after their loved one do not come home ask, how could
this have been prevented? With 14 and 15 years old kids on mountains this
high, one has to ask? Who is responsible if they die? Maybe that
question should be asked before they go to Everest...
Of course in a few years smart money is on
Lakpa and George
Dijmarescu's daughter (Sunny) to Summit
at ??? Well Vegas probably won't give you a line on it... What do you think?
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