Romanian climber Dor Geta Popescu, aged 12 years and 8 months, became on Saturday the youngest climber in the world to reach the Aconcagua summit, the highest mountain outside of Asia, standing at 6,960 meters, a press release sent to Agerpres informs.
The feat allowed Popescu to set the second world record in less than two months. On December 8, 2015, the young Romanian climbed the highest active volcano in the world, Ojos del Salado (6893 meters), located in the Andes, on the Argentina-Chile border.
“An excellent mountain, a perfect ascent: pace, effort, success! On summit day, as expected, a long trek [amid] wind, low temperatures and a demanding part towards the end. I moved well and although I was, obviously, the youngest in the group, the pace I had set for myself was better than those of many of my climbing partners. I reached the summit, world age record! A sea of peaks under my feet, mountains stretching to the horizon! The fact that the record on the Polish Glacier route belongs to Coco [Popescu’s elder sister, Crina ‘Coco’ Popescu (21) – editor’s note] since 2009 crosses my mind! The only thing I can think of is, simply and naturally: Life is beautiful!,” the young climber said in her media release.
Dor Geta Popescu currently holds five age records in climbing, after conquering the peaks of Ararat, Damavand, Sabalan, Ojos del Salado and now, Aconcagua.