LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Joshua Locicero likes to do things most 8-year-olds enjoy. But he just did something most of his peers — and many adults — probably would never think of doing.

The third-grader, who lives with Tourette syndrome, climbed Mt. Whitney — the tallest mountain in California — in one day.

“The hardest part of the hike was going over the switchbacks,” he told CBS2/KCAL9’s Jo Kwon.

He says at one point he thought about quitting but told himself, “I can’t go back … because I could do it.”

So he climbed on with his mom by his side.

“It was really exciting that I finished!” he said.

During the 14-hour climb to the peak, Joshua took four naps, including one at the very top, where he slept for about an hour.

He kept trekking, even through a hail storm, finishing the 22-mile round trip by 11 p.m.

His advice for anyone who thinks they can’t do something? “Just feel confident and drink lots of water,” he said.

  1. Gondolfo Donaldo Zarzana says:

    Mt. Whitney is the tallest mountain in the lower 48, not just California (do your research).

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