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Mount Kilimanjaro

On July 1, 2012 Tyler Armstrong, age 8, of Yorba Linda, Calif., became the second youngest person ever to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet) is the tallest mountain on the African continent. His ascent to the 19,341 ft. summit was to help raise funds and awareness for CureDuchenne.  The minimum age limit set by the Tanzania National Park Authorities for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is 10 years old. However, Tyler was able to obtained a special permit through the great help of Travel Dirty to climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Tyler climbed the Lemosho Route. It took him 8 days of climbing round trip. He hiked approximately 48.5 miles with an elevation gain of 10,644 feet. The Kilimanjaro National Park shows that only 30% of hikers actually reach the summit. However, Tyler trained hard to be one of the 30% to successfully summit Mount Kilimanjaro.

Tyler became interested in helping boys who aren’t able to take on the challenges of mountain climbing when he met a Duchenne boy close to his age who is wheelchair-bound. Tyler realized he could use his athletic abilities to help others. Tyler represented the over 300,000 boys worldwide when he faced this epic, eight-day challenge and adventure.

You can still support Tyler’s tremendous effort to give back to others by donating for his climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. All donations will be used to support CureDuchenne’s mission. Click here if you are interested in donating to CureDuchenne in support of Team Tyler.

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