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Johnny Collinson Becomes the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits

A 17-year-old Utah skier tops out and manages to get some turns in on the way down.
posted: 01/28/2010
Base camp at Antarctica's Vinson Massif on a previous Mountain Madness expedition.
by Scott Gornall

Most big-mountain skiers spend January getting ready for the competition circuit, but 17-year-old Snowbird, Utah, skier Johnny Collinson has been tackling other goals. On January 17th, when Collinson topped out on Antarctica’s 16,050-foot Vinson Massif, he became the youngest person to successfully climb the highest peak on each continent, the Seven Summits. Guiding service Mountain Madness organized the Antarctica team, which included Suzanne Al Houby, who hopes to be the first Palestinian woman to complete the Seven Summits, and Everest veteran Willie Benegas.


Collinson began his mountaineering career with a summit of Mount Rainier at age four. His quest for the Seven Summits began in January 2009 with a summit of Argentina’s Aconcagua, followed by Everest, Denali, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, and Carstensz Pyramid. The best part? After he summitted Vinson Massif, Collinson skied the descent.



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