8-year-old Becomes Youngest Female Ever to Summit Mount Kilimanjaro
While the rest of us spent our weekend lounging about, binge-watching our favorite television shows, and taking a nap or two, 8-year-old Roxy Getter was busy becoming the youngest woman ever to summit Mount Kilimanjaro.
“Day one was one of the hardest days…it was like the second hardest…because you had to go like up down and up and down and then you had to do the steep stair,” Getter told CBS.
Getter climbed the famed 19,341-foot mountain in Tanzania alongside her 10-year-old brother, Ben, and her parents, Sarah and Bobby.
“They were amazing,” Sarah Getter told WINK of her resilient offspring. “They did not complain, they just kept going, one step in front of the other.”
The entire family trained for the climb in their home state of Florida by climbing up and down stairs at local parking garages, stadiums, and bridges.
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“You see them in front of you and you’re just, you can barely do it yourself, and then there they are,” Bobby Getter told WINK. “We’re so proud of them.”
Sarah also noted that it was just seven degrees at the mountain’s summit, but that didn’t stop the family from experiencing pure joy and pride at their accomplishment.
“When we got to the top, we just started tearing up. They were in front of us walking and we both just held hands,” she said.
To make this story even more unbelievable, the trek was actually the first time the Getter children ever spent the night at a campsite. This is a truly remarkable feat for an 8-year-old, as it’s estimated that 25,000 people climb the mountain each year, but only 66 percent of them make it to the top.
Getter now joins Los Angeles resident Keats Boyd in the history books. Boyd reached the summit of Kilimanjaro at just 7 years old, according to Climb Kilimanjaro Guide, and remains the youngest person ever to summit. And at 86 years and 267 days old, Russian Angela Vorobeva holds the record as the oldest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.