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Youngest female to climb lower 48 state high peaks

Postby awwestlake@gmail.com » Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:46 pm

My name is Lucy Westlake and I am 12 years old. Does anyone know the record for youngest female to climb all of the lower 48 state high peaks? I started climbing the state high peaks at age 7. In the next week, I will hopefully complete my goal of climbing all the lower 48 state high peaks. I just climbed Gannett and Granite this week. I only have Borah and King's Peak left which I hope to do in the next few days. I am wondering if I will be the youngest female to accomplish this goal. Does anyone know how I can find out?
I plan to climb Denali next year. If I am successful, then I will have climbed all 50 state high peaks.
Thank you for any feedback you can give me!
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Re: Youngest female to climb lower 48 state high peaks

Postby nartreb » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:02 pm

Ages not shown, but there aren't that many females on the completion list:

http://highpointers.org/archives/72

It looks like the youngest female 48er was 17 according to this article dated 2012:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/s ... story.html

So you only need to check the ages of more recent female finishers.
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Re: Youngest female to climb lower 48 state high peaks

Postby Puma concolor » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:56 am

I think nartreb has it right although the Highpointers Club doesn't track lower 48 records to the same extent as 50 state records. Also, FYI, in my more than 15 years as a member of the Club, I've come to realize that the Club neither encourages nor discourages the pursuit of such records.

Having said that, the below-linked gentleman is an authrotiy on such matters and pops in from time to time on SummitPost. You could try shooting him a Private Message and I'm sure he'd be able to provide you with an answer to your question.

http://www.summitpost.org/users/davecovill/124867

Good luck.
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Re: Youngest female to climb lower 48 state high peaks

Postby Holsti97 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:56 pm

The youngest was Kristen Kelliher at 17 years 4 months who climbed Mount Mansfield in Vermont on 9/11/2011 for her 48th state highpoint.
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Re: Youngest female to climb lower 48 state high peaks

Postby ExcitableBoy » Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:24 pm

Nice to see some youth not mindlessly fiddling with their electronic widgets. Good luck on Denali, stay safe.
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Re: Youngest female to climb lower 48 state high peaks

Postby Steven Cross » Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:13 pm

Looks to me like you beat the record by a long shot. I can't imagine to many 12 year olds and younger climbing Gannet, Granite and Ranier.
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Re: Youngest female to climb lower 48 state high peaks

Postby x4wheeling » Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:13 am

Congrats on completing the lower 48 high points, and your 49th high point Lucy! It was too bad I missed you on Borah by a couple days. Also glad you saved the best for last, Kings- Utah ;-)

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Re: Youngest female to climb lower 48 state high peaks

Postby spiderman » Sat Oct 01, 2016 5:22 pm

Congratulations on becoming the youngest female finisher! That is quite a feat to ascend the CONUS state highpoints. There are so many skills (hiking, glacier, camping, navigation, and lots&lots&lots of driving) required to reach of the peaks. Gannett is the nemesis for so many people. We had an epic 9-day adventure climbing it in May, never seeing dry ground for entire expedition. Nothing builds better connections between a father and child than a many year sojourn around this beautiful country.

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