I am grateful to Pamina Gimber for bringing to our notice a new record that’s just been set. Jack Rea from Wetherby in Yorkshire, who is a pupil at Aysgarth School in Newton-le-Willows, climbed to the summit with his father, Aaron, last week.
In doing so we believe he set a new mark for the youngest British person ever to walk to the summit at just 10 years and 20 days old.
Though Jack is quite a bit outside the world record, held by Keats Boyd from California who was just seven when he reached Uhuru Peak, we believe that he beats the old British record, set by Oisin Devitt from Jersey last year.
Nor is the culmination of Jack’s ambition. As was quoted in the Yorkshire Post, Jack said: “It is my ambition to climb the seven summits which are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents.
“Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and is my first summit I am going to complete.”
To make a hugely impressive feat just that bit more impressive, Jack’s justgiving page (https://www.justgiving.com/Jack-Rhodes-Rea-2/) has so far collected £6957.28 in sponsorship from his climb.
We do, of course, congratulate Master Rea on this remarkable achievement – nice one Jack!