George Atkinson Breaks Seven Summits Record

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A young English boy of 16 has officially broken the Seven Summits record, the BBC reports.

George Atkinson, from southwest London, began the challenge back in 2005 at age 11 by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and completed his mission when he reached the summit of Mount Everest on Thursday.

He climbed Russia's Mount Elbrus in 2007, followed by Indonesia's Carstensz Pyramid and Argentina's Mount Aconcagu in 2008. He later took to Mount McKinley and Mount Vinson in Antartica.

Atkinson, who turns 17 on May 29, narrowly broke the record held by U.S. teen Johnny Collinson, who was 17 when he completed the challenge last year.

In an interesting twist, a 22-year old student from Hampshire, England, Geordie Stewart, became the youngest Briton to complete the Seven Summits, only to have Atkinson take the throne two hours later.

Atkinson's mother, Penny, took to her blog on Thursday to announce the achievement: "George has done it. He reached the summit at about 8.15am Nepali time. A big thank you to everyone who has helped George to achieve his dream."

She added: "Just get my boy down safe now!"

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