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  Mt. Everest 2004: The grandson of TVís Captain Kangaroo summits Everest


The grandson of TVís Captain Kangaroo, 22-year-old Middlebury College student Britton Keeshan became the youngest person in history to complete the Seven Summits by climbing the tallest peak on seven continents.

A native of Greenwich, Con., Keeshan summited Everest just after 9 am local time. He was one of 17 climbers, guides and Sherpas in the AAI expedition to summit. This feat broke the 2-year-old record held by Japanís Atsushi Yamada, who was 23 when he completed the Seven Summits. However Keeshan may not hold the record for long. Twenty-two-year-old Dan Lochner beat Keeshan to the top of Everest last week and is headed to Vinson Massif in Antarctica in November.

Several people have now completed the Seven Summits, 33 of them Americans including Dick Bass who was the first ever to complete the feat in 1985. Keeshan began his quest for the Seven Summits at the age of 15 while on a break from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. As part of a month-long program with the National Outdoor Leadership School in British Columbia he learned the basics of climbing, walking techniques and survival skills.

When not climbing the worldís tallest mountains Keeshan is pursuing a double major in religion and molecular biology and biochemistry at Middlebury, and plans to attend medical school after graduation.

Burlington, VT native Dave Watson also made to the top of Everest last Thursday.

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