A Small British girl from Brighton Road, who just aged six, has become the youngest person who successfully Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa twice on September 29 and October 13.
Ashleen madrick’s feat stunned experienced mountaineers and guides after she refused offers of being carried as she scaled the 19,341ft mountain entirely unaided.
She enjoyed her climb so much that two weeks later she climbed the Tanzania peak again by taking a different route, this time in freezing temperature and high winds Ashleen- who has hopes one day to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro needed special permission from the Tanzanian authorities because the normal age limit is ten and she is six now.
Last night the primary school pupil said: ‘It was amazing to make two climbs. It was the best thing that I have ever done. We enjoyed the first climb so much we immediately wanted to go up again.’
To put her achievement into perspective, only two-thirds of climbers ever reach the top.
Mrs. Mandrick gives accompanied to Ashleen, and a doctor, along with her 11-year-old brother Nicolas on part of the climb.
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Firstly, she reached the top on September 29 before returning on October 13. Her first climb took six days approximately while the second took just five. Ashleen's mother, Mrs. Mandrick said her daughter had broken the record held by American girl Montannah Kenney, who reached the summit aged seven years and ten months last year.
The youngest person to climb Kilimanjaro is Colton Tanner –who is from New Mexico. He scaled the peak in October 2018 at six years, one month-just a few months younger than Ashleen.
Mrs. Mandrick said: ‘I am so very proud of all the children. It was an amazing experience.’