Christopher Harris, who
earned the title Australian Geographic Australian Young Adventurer of the year
in 2003 after being the youngest person to climb 3750m Mt. Cook in New
Zealand, is now practicing for a higher ascent: Mt. Everest. Chris and his
father Richard have been invited by Russell Brice, a leader of Everest
commercial expeditions, on an expedition that will
attempt Everest from its Tibetan side in March-May 2005. If the expedition is
successful, Chris will be fourteen and a half when he reaches the summit.
Chris’ climbing adventures
began at age five when he conquered a 15m cliff face in his father’s climbing
gym and his accomplishments to date include Kosciuszko, Three Sisters in the
Blue Mountains, Mt. Cook, Mt. Elbrus (Europe’s highest mountain at 5642m), and
Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest mountain at 5900m). Chris and his
father attempted to climb Aconcagua the highest mountain in South America and
reached 5800m of the 6962m.
In preparation for summiting
Everest, Chris will do a big climb twice a year and has already been
undergoing rigorous alpine training in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Financial
support for Chris’ climbs has come from his family, Australian Geographic,
Dick Smith Foods and Mountain Designs and the proceeds from selling raffle
Questions about kids on mountains has long
been debated. Nepal, with encouraging from many, including EverestNews.com,
passed a ban on those under 16 year old. We asked Chris' father several very
tough questions, which he told us he could not answer do to a sponsorship
agreement. Were we too tough on Chris's father?
Editorial Comment: We have
heard too many families, after their loved one do not come home ask, how could
this have been prevented? With 14 and 15 years old kids on mountains this
high, one has to ask?
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