8-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Girl to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Age is just a number for 8-year-old Roxy Getter, who has become the youngest girl to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro. Roxy and her family, including her 10-year-old brother Ben, from Punta Gorda, Fla., tackled the 19,341-foot mountain earlier this month during a family vacation to Tanzania. Bobby said they had originally intended to sign up for a safari when a friend suggested they consider hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Sarah explained both Roxy and Ben had a history of heart issues, but were cleared to trek up the mountain by a cardiologist before they left. The family has also never done an overnight camping trip before, and ended up spending nearly a week on the mountain. Bobby explained said they could tell the people who were there with them wanted them to make it. They kept them positive all the way up through singing, talking, and chatting.

He explained their son, Ben, was probably the strongest climber, and even when both parents were out of breath by the top of the mountain, he kept their spirits up. Although the trip was trying, Sarah said what they gained as a family could not have been replicated.

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