World Record Attempt
Raising Funds For The Vitiligo Society
On 20th May 2012 Leanna Shuttleworth became the youngest British woman to climb Mt Everest and to have completed the Seven Summits Challenge. The Vitiligo Society would like to congratulate her on this fantastic achievement. The picture above shows Leanna and her father at the summit of Mt Everest.
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The Buckinghamshire-born student aims to climb Mt Everest (8848m) and Mt Lthotse (8516m) back-to-back in record time and will be accompanied by her long-term climbing partner, her Dad.
Halfway through her world record attempt, Leanna will already have notched up another accolade – once she reaches the top of Mt Everest, Leanna will become the youngest British woman ever to have completed the Seven Summits Challenge (SSC). The SSC requires climbers summit the highest mountain on each of the world’s continents, including Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Elbrus, Mt Denali, Mt Aconcagua, Mt Koscuisko, Mt Vinson Massif and Mt Everest. In total the SCC will have taken her 138 days to achieve – not including training.
Leanna said: “It’s going to be very challenging physically and mentally, so I’ve been training hard to prepare – especially for the extremely low temperatures and high altitude – where we’ll need breathing apparatus. But I am feeling confident and I really hope that my climb will encourage other young women to get involved with the sport, which is so traditionally male.
“Women are just as capable of climbing mountains and I’m proud to be one of a number of young British women who are now active in the sport. I also hope that my achievements might inspire someone to realise that they can achieve their dreams, however far-fetched they may seem.”
In 2011, Garrett Madison, Michael Horst and Tom Halliday became the first people to climb two 8000m peaks within 24 hours. Leanna has been only been involved in climbing for the past four years, but if she completes the challenge she will have carved out a unique role for women in the sport.
Leanna is raising money for The Vitiligo Society – a charity which she says has transformed the wellbeing of her Mother who suffers from the skin condition.