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Malibu teen youngest to climb 7 summits

June 10, 2009 10:48:34 PM PDT
A 17-year-old Californian has become the youngest person in the world to climb the so-called "seven summits." They are the tallest peaks on each of the world's seven continents.Johnny Strange, of Malibu, finished climbing Mount Everest about three weeks ago. The world's tallest mountain at 29,035 feet was his sixth summit.

Then he flew to Australia and climbed the 7,310-foot Mount Kosciuszko, to cap off his seven-summit conquest.

Strange is a senior in high school who has been climbing mountains since he was 12.

He and his father were expected to be back in Southern California by Wednesday.

Strange broke the previous record set by Samantha Larson of Long Beach. She was 18 when she finished the "seven summits" challenge in 2007.

Strange scaled the original seven summits, which included Everest, Kosciuszko, Vinson Massif in Antarctica, McKinley in Alaska, Aconcagua in South America, Kilimanjaro in Africa and Elbrus in Europe.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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