Young Man Sets Incredible Mountain Climbing Record
Arjun Vajpai, a 24-year-old from India, just became the youngest man in the world to scale six peaks over 8,000 metres. These include the 8,848-metre Mount Everest, the 8,163-metre Mt Manaslu, the 8,516-metre Mt Lhotse, the 8,486-metre Mt Makalu, the 8,201-metre Mt Cho Oyu, and most recently…
He climbed the 8,586-metre Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain on earth, which is also known as one of its most dangerous. He definitely earned his destination, because even after scaling it he wasn’t able to come down until almost a week later due to dangerous weather.
His record-breaking journey started when he was just 10-years-old. Then in 2010, at 16, he became the third youngest person ever to climb Mount Everest. Fast forward eight years and he made sure to point out that he isn’t solely responsible for his accomplishments. He thanked a brave team including a group of other mountaineers and sherpas who helped him greatly along the way.
He also acknowledged his friend Alex, who documented the experience and gave him a lot of much needed support. He had attempted to scale Kanchenjunga last year, but only made it 6,400 meters. His next goal is to be the first to scale all of the world’s mountains over 8,000 metres, of which there are 14. This feat is described by climbers as the “grand slam” of mountaineering. The title is currently held by a 30-year-old man named Chhang Dawa Sherpa. This goal will lead Vajpai to the 8,027-metre Shishapangma mountain in Tibet.