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