18 year old Scottish skier aiming to be the youngest to summit all fourteen 8,000m peaks.

A young climber and competition ski racer who has just entered the Guinness Book of Records, is set to attempt to reach the summit of all fourteen 8,000m peaks in the Himalayas – a challenge only 39 people have achieved.

What’s more, Alasdair McKenzie (18), who has dual British and French citizenship and learned to ski in the Cairngorms with his Scottish father, is setting out to be the youngest person to have climbed all of the “eight thousanders”, the 14 mountains that are more than 8,000m (26,247ft) above sea level, within the next 12 months..

Of the 14 mountains, Alasdair has already climbed two, Lhotse and Makalu, a feat he accomplished in only nine days.

He now holds the world record for the youngest person to have ever climbed Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world, achieving this when he was 17.

With two of the peaks already under his belt, Alasdair is aiming to begin the monumental task of tackling the remaining twelve starting this September 2022. This challenge is estimated to take close to a year to complete.

From an original article by Patrick Thorne @ In the snow