Why Climb a Mountain? Because it’s there.

Why Climb a Mountain?  Because it’s there.

11-year old, Tyler Armstrong, is planning on being the youngest person in the world to climb Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. Tyler lives in Yorba Linda and attends Glenknoll Elementary. He’s planning on climbing the ferocious summit sometime in April or May. This trip is estimated to take about six weeks while weathering the ultra-low temperatures of the Himalayas. He will also be accompanied by his dad and a tutor so he can learn what he’s missing in school while he’s gone. “Everyday when he wakes up, he puts heavy bags of rice in his backpack and gets on a special treadmill that simulates the rocky terrain of Mount Everest,” his dad says.

Tyler also broke some other records. At 7 he was the youngest to climb Mount Whitney. Also, he was the second youngest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro at age 8. When he was 9, he was the youngest to climb Mount Aconcagua, a mountain in Argentina.  In August, he also conquered Mount Elbrus in Russia. So far, Tyler has climbed a total of 10 mountains. His goal is to climb the seven summits, the seven tallest mountains in the world.

Tyler doesn’t just climb mountains for the fun of it; he does love it.  Tyler also climbs mountains to help raise money to help cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle degeneration. Tyler hopes to raise $1 million to help contribute to research on helping cure this disease.