Norwich Teen Sets Mountain Climbing Record

01/02/12 3:14PM By Jane Lindholm, Samantha Fields
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Courtesy of Kristen Kelliher
In September, Kristen Kelliher became the youngest woman to summit the highest points in each of the 48 continental United States. Here, she stands atop Mt. Rainier, triumphant in her third attempt to climb the tallest mountain in Washington State.
Last September, Kristen Kelliher climbed Mount Mansfield. In doing so, she set a record. She became the youngest woman to summit the highest points in each of the 48 continental United States. That day, Kelliher was 17 years, 4 months and 3 days old.

 

Now, she has her sights set on another big goal: summiting the highpoints in all 50 states. All that's left: climbing Hawaii's Mauna Kea and, most daunting of all, Alaska's Mt. McKinley, also known as Denali. At 20,320 feet, McKinley is the highest mountain in North America.

 

Courtesy of Kristen Kelliher
Kristen Kelliher and her step-dad, Bill Bender, on top of Granite Peak, the highest point in Montana, and one of Kelliher's scariest climbs.

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