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Eight-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Girl to Conquer Mount Kilimanjaro

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Eight-year-old Roxy Getter recently became the youngest girl to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain standing at 19,341 feet, after she and the rest of her family, including her 10-year-old brother Ben, completed a five-day hike on the mountain’s highest peak on July 11, 2017.

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Prior to Roxy’s climb, the two youngest persons ever recorded to reach the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro were both boys – Keats Boyd, who succeeded at the age of seven in 2008 and Jordan Romero, who climbed and conquered at the age of 10 in 2006.

“I can’t believe she did it. She didn’t stop. She didn’t complain. I was surprised but very happy for her,” Roxy’s dad Bobby Getter told the Inside Edition.

Roxy and Ben conquering Africa’s highest mountain was a serious feat in itself but it was extra monumental considering that the siblings used to have heart issues in the past.

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“So, before the trip, I made sure that we went to the cardiologist and got the ‘okay’ that they’ll be fine to climb,” said Sarah, Roxy’s mom.

The family’s preparation for the hike was limited given their geographical location.

“When we lived in Arizona, we did a lot of hiking, but being in Florida, there’s not a lot of places to train. We did the best we could with stairs, and biking, and long walks,” Sarah shared.

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Considering the tiring and demanding nature of the climb, Bobby admitted that he was very emotional after reaching the summit because he still couldn’t believe that they all did so well, especially the kids.

“From that experience, I think we’ve learned a lot of lessons, especially for the kids: Keep going, even when things get hard,” said Sarah.

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