At only 6 years of age, a Senior Infants student has just set what is believed to be a world record for becoming the youngest known person to ever climb North Africa’s highest mountain.

Joshua Davidson, a 6-year-old boy from Kerry, just recently climbed Mount Toubkal in Morocco – a 4,167-meter mountain towering over North Africa. Taking on extremely high altitudes, billowing snow, and dangerous ice, the boy made the journey with his mother, Lyndsey, and her partner, Lucky Flynn over a two-day trek.

Joshua is a student of Ms Dennehy’s class at St. Oliver’s primary school in Killarney and first got a taste for the thrill of hiking when the family took a trip to Nepal. He then further honed his mountaineering skills while spending time in Kerry’s MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

“Josh was very strong even at this altitude,” Lyndsey said to the Irish Examiner. “We’re very proud of his achievement,” she said.

According to Lyndsey, Joshua also became the youngest person to ever summit Carrauntoohil after climbing the peak this year.

Joshua is showing no signs of slowing down in his extraordinary mountaineering career, and now hopes to soon climb Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres) in Tanzania in order to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation.

 

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By Brianne Doherty

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