Tyler Armstrong still hopes to become the youngest person to climb the Seven Summits – the tallest mountain on each continent.
The 13-year-old Yorba Linda resident, who at 7 years old became the youngest person to climb Mount Whitney in a day and has been setting mountaineering records ever since, could reach the milestone if he climbs the two remaining mountains by the time he is 15.5, but that will depend on whether he is granted permits and sponsors come forward.
China has twice denied the teenager permits to climb Mount Everest, in Nepal, the tallest of the Seven Summits.
“I might still be able to,” Armstrong said. “One of my main focuses is still climbing the Seven Summits.”
In the meantime, he’s not waiting around.
This month, the globe-trotting mountain climber and his father conquered the Triple Crown: Washington’s 14,441-foot Mount Rainier and 12,280-foot Mount Adams; and Oregon’s Mount Hood, at 11,250 feet.
“The Triple Crown was a lot of fun,” Armstrong said. “It was definitely different than everything I’ve done before because I was climbing three mountains instead of one. They each had their own challenges.”
Armstrong and his father flew into Portland and drove to Mount Hood, Mount…