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Texas 7-year-old becomes youngest girl to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

7-year-old becomes youngest girl to climb Mount Kilimanjaro
A view of Mt. Kilimanjaro and elephants viewed by safari participants on a Micato Safari in Kenya. --- DATE TAKEN: 1997 No Byline Micato Safaris , Source: Laura Davidson PR HO - handout ORG XMIT: UT78762

A 7-year-old Texas girl made history last month when she became the youngest girl to ever climb Mount Kilimanjaro, according to a guide website that tracks Kilimanjaro records. 

Montannah Kenney of Austin climbed the 19,341-foot mountain with her mother, Hollie Kenney, who is a former professional triathlete, according to Austin360. The duo climbed the mountain to honor Montannah's dad, who passed away when she was 3. 

"The higher I go, the closer I am to him in heaven," Montannah told Austin360. 

According to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Montannah came close to becoming the youngest male or female to ever reach the summit. She trained by hiking around the Austin area with her mother. 

Two other 7-year-olds have summited Kilimanjaro: Keats Boyd and Cash Callahan, according to the website. Keats, the website said, was the first but it's unknown if he's older or younger than Montannah. Cash, meanwhile, was a month younger than her when he reached the summit.

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