7-year-old Montannah Kenney climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to honor her late dad and made history as the youngest girl to reach the top. The second grader climbed for nearly a week to reach Africa’s highest point with her mom, Hollie.
Mantannah lost her dad to PTSD when she was 3 so she dedicated the climb to him, while raising money for The Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, which her dad started before he died. She says she wants to raise awareness about the treatment that could save other people’s lives.
The mother-daughter pair started a GoFundMe page to support the summit. They had to get a special permit for the 7-year-old to climb the 19,341-foot peak and spent spring break climbing up to 15 hours a day. They hiked through almost every element from rain to snow, and had to scale steep slopes to break the world record.
Montannah trained for the summit with her pro triathlete mom by swimming, running, and hiking 4-6 hours before basketball games. And the hard work paid off, because Montannah raised hundreds in honor of her dad.