There appears to be an influx of young adventurers performing feats that most would reserve only for the most experienced and weathered. Shortly after Zac Sunderland completed his round the world sailing voyage, Jessica Watson set off on her attempt and successfully navigated the girth of the globe last May at the age of 16.
Zac’s sister, Abby Sunderland, was not quite as lucky as her young brethren on her try at sailing around the world. After setting off in January she ran into big trouble in the south Indian Ocean, as reported by The Guardian. She lost satellite phone contact with her parents, who were then notified by American search and rescue authorities that her emergency beacon had been activated. She was then spotted by a Qantas airbus and rescued a day later by a French fishing vessel.
And then there’s Jordan Romero who, at age 13, became the youngest person to summit Mt. Everest, surpassing a 16-year old Nepalese teen. He is now one climb away from completing his mission: summitting the highest peaks on each of the seven continents (he reached the top of Alaska’s Denali when he was 11 and Mt. Kilimanjaro at 9).
Johnny Collinson became the youngest person to complete Jordan’s dream of reaching the top of the Seven Summits. He accomplished his goal in January this year at age 17 when he stood atop the Vinso Massif in Antarctica, cementing his position as a world record holder.
Kind of makes your first part-time job seem a little, well, small…
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