12-Year Old Climbs Highest Point in All 50 States in Record Time

Matt Moniz, 12, and his father decided to ascend the highest point in each of the 50 US states in record time. The lowest climb was Britton Hill in Florida, which is 345 feet above sea level, and the highest was Mt. McKinley in Alaska, which is 20,320 feet above sea level. Matt and his father completed the task in 43 days, 2 hours, and 8 minutes, breaking the previous record by 2 days:

Matt's climbing resume is quickly becoming a very impressive one. Not only has he now completed the 50 high points, he has also climbed Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, and Elbrus, the highest peaks in Africa, South America, and Europe respectively. He has also made the trek to Everest Base Camp as well, and with the completion of Denali, he now has four of the Seven Summits under his belt. Not bad for a young man who hasn't even entered junior high yet.

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