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Nine-year-old scales Mt. Shasta, makes other kids look lazy and weak

Aug 29, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

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You’ve heard of soccer moms … now we have mountain dads? Yet another parent has climbed an insanely tall mountain with their young son in tow, as nine-year-old Kip Van Horn reached the summit of Mt. Shasta in Northern California a couple of weeks back — at 14,162 feet it’s the second-highest peak in the Cascades mountain range.

You may recall our previous posts about young Jordan Romero, who climbed two of the world’s tallest mountains at age 10, summited Mt. Everest at 13 scaled the highest peaks on all seven continents by age 15.

That’s the trouble with climbing Mount Everest at 13: where do yo go from there? Talk about peaking when you’re a teenager …

The Redding Record Searchlight:

It was Kip’s fifth attempt mountaineering on the Avalanche Gulch Route and fourth time sleeping overnight at 10,400-foot base camp Lake Helen since he was 6 years old. The level of difficulty is considered a Class 3 and is very strenuous due to distance (11 miles) and elevation gain (7,262) feet.

Thus resumes the age-old debate: how much is too much for young children? This story takes the term helicopter parent to an entire new level — one which cannot even be reached by actual helicopters.