At 10 Years Old, He Might Not Be The Youngest Person To Climb Kilimanjaro, But He’s Still Pretty Cool

10-year-old Sam Irving of Claygate in Surrey hopes to become one of the youngest people ever to climb the 19,341 feet of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise £25,000 for the Haller Foundation, which boosts the economies of poor, smallholder farmers who live on inhospitable land. T

he money will be used to provide safe drinking water, sanitation and irrigation for a remote village in Kenya. Climbers will pay their own costs, so all the money will go to the charity. The expedition has been organised by Sam’s mother, Ros.

Sam, a pupil of Milbourne Lodge School, will walk for eight or even more hours a day bearing supplies.

Sam has undertaken long walks as training, for instance the 14-mile Marsden March in March of this year. This runs between the Royal Marsden’s hospitals in Chelsea and Sutton. He also regularly goes running with his mother. He has baked cakes, washed cars and produced a newsletter in aid of the venture.

Sam has always been interested in climbing and dreams of one day conquering Everest. He recently met his hero, the explorer, David Hempleman-Adams, and asked him for advice. The reply was “Don’t do it.” Sam doesn’t know whether this was a joke.

The youngest person ever to reach Kilimanjaro’s summit was seven-year-old Keats Boyd of Los Angeles in 2008. In addition to breaking a record, he broke the rule that climbers have to be at least 10 years old. On a good day, you can see more of the world from Kili’s snowclad peaks than from Everest.

4 thoughts on “At 10 Years Old, He Might Not Be The Youngest Person To Climb Kilimanjaro, But He’s Still Pretty Cool”

  1. This is an update on the news story above. I am Sam’s mother and I am pleased to report that he made it to the summit at 07:15am on 15th June this year! As part of our group, he followed the Machame route. We are trying to find out whether he might have been the youngest British boy to summit via this route!
    We set off from Barafu camp at midnight on 14th June and climbed all night, we made it to Uhuru peak and Sam battled nausea and the extreme cold to make it to the top. It was a magnificent achievement for everyone in our team and our whole group has now raised £48k for the charity Haller.

    • Hi Ros, that’s wonderful news! Huge congrats to Sam, and the team behind him. He may well be the youngest Brit to have climbed Kilimanjaro, I can’t be sure though and I’m not sure how you can verify it. Amazing that you managed to raise £48k for Haller, super impressed! If you would like to write a press release with some pics on the Climb Kilimanjaro Guide we would be happy to publish it. Email me at [email protected].

  2. I want to do this walk with my 6 year old son is it possible, but he has education problems, but happy when he is with mam.

    • Hi Karen, Unfortunately the minimum age to climb Kilimanjaro is 10 years old. You will need to wait four years before trekking with your son.


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