Tyler Armstrong is a boy with very big goals. We say that in the literal sense, since the 11-year-old plans on being the youngest person to ever climb to the top of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, next year.
This might sound daunting at first, until you realize that Tyler’s done this type of thing before. He’s already reached the summit of many other massive mountains (so many we actually had to make a list!):
Mount Baldy (10,068 ft.)
Mount San Jacinto (10,834 ft.)
Mount San Gorgonio (11,503 ft.)
Mount Whitney (14,495 ft.)
Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft.)
Mount Aconcagua (22,841 ft.)
Climbing mountains — let alone Everest — can be a daunting and dangerous task, but Tyler’s working his butt off. He’s already hiked in the ice, snow, rain and heat, and he’s dealt with altitude sickness and hiking in the dark. Oh and, of course, Tyler trains too. Here’s his weekly routine, according to his website: a 4.5-mile run (on hills) three times a week, a one-hour walk on the treadmill with weights in his backpack four times a week, soccer three days a week and a sprint/race with the neighbourhood kids on occasion. Yeah, he’s a busy kid.
If this is what he’s like at 11, we can’t imagine what he’ll be able to do as a teen or a young adult! You can follow Tyler on his brave journey on his Facebook page and donate to his cause on his website.