Youngest Climber To Summit Mt. Whitney Shares Stories From His Journey On KCAL

STUDIO CITY (CBS) — The youngest climber to ever summit Mt. Whitney visited the KCAL9 studios Friday.

Tyler Armstrong, 7, made it to the top of 14, 505 foot mountain this summer, suffering only from a cut knee! Tyler climbed Mt. Whitney — the highest peak in the contiguous United States — with his father, Kevin Armstrong.

“Tyler began his quest last December, while he and his dad were watching a documentary about a filmmaker’s 3,100-mile journey along the Continental Divide Trail. Tyler began working out like crazy, running on his parents’ treadmill and around the lake near their Yorba Linda home,” according to the OC Register.

The climb took Armstrong seven hours, 50 minutes to reach the peak.

  • Erich Benning

    CHECK RECORDS BEFORE REPORTING I made the climb Memorial weekend 1972 at the age of 6

    • Joe

      Erich needs to read better for taking stuff away from this boy. According the news report Tyler climbed the entire mountain in 1 day. Accordding to Erich’s own postings on other sites, Erich climbed to base camp one day and then climbed to the top the next:

      “Packed to base camp sat 27 1972, sunday 28th left in morning up switchback trail to summit returned in afternoon to base camp, 29th packed back down to trail head. Signed log book at summit in the hut and at the trail head, dad John w. Benning Jr, mom Bonnie J. Benning, sister Pamela A Benning, self Erich J Benning.”

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