A BOY of six has set what is believed to be a new world record by becoming the youngest ever person to climb Mount Toubkal in Morocco — the highest mountain in North Africa.
Joshua Davison, from Killarney in Co Kerry, scaled the 4,167m peak in thick snow.
Joshua embarked on the climb with his mum, Lyndsey, and her partner Lucky Flynn, an experienced mountaineer.
They climbed for more than two days, the first of which involved a testing four-hour trek to a mountain refuge where they spent the night.
Lyndsay said: “At over 3,000 metres we could already feel the altitude but we set off for the summit at 7am next day.
“We wore crampons on our feet as most of the route to the summit was over a steep, icy slope of up to 40 degrees.”
The oxygen level, which had dropped to just 12.4 per cent at the summit of Toubkal, made it a grueling task but the family was determined. They reached the mountain top after six hours of climbing on day two.
They are in the process of submitting the details of Joshua’s climb for the next Guinness Book of Records but, in the meantime, Joshua is back in school, in Miss Dennehy’s senior infants class in St Oliver’s National School, Killarney, where he has a tale to tell his classmates.