Young girl climbed over 14,000 feet to the top of Mount Whitney.
When six-year-old Eva Luna Harper-Zahn gets asked what she did over the summer, she’ll have the coolest response. This little girl and her family trekked up 14,505 feet of Mount Whitney, the highest summit in the lower 48 states. And did we mention she’s only six?
Thousands have climbed the 22 miles to the top, but the girl from Berkeley, California is one of a handful who are younger than 10, according to reports. Her parents love incorporating adventure into Eva Luna and her three siblings lives, so when her dad, Oliver, wanted to take on Mount Whitney, she was ready to be one of the youngest to do it. They did extensive preparation and despite some altitude sickness, they made it.
“She doesn’t like being told that she cannot do something — even if she learns that she is part of a demographic that hasn’t done something before,” Eva Luna’s mom Amie says. “It has been her personality ever since we can remember, when she was an infant and made it clear that she was quite incorrigible!”
Retired blind Marine becomes the first!!
After 82 grueling days, Steve Sparks has become the first blind person to row the Pacific Ocean. The 57-year-old retired British Royal Marine faced down a hurricane during his 2,400 mile journey in a glorified canoe from Monterrey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii.
Sparks was discharged from the military after an accident damaged his eyesight and decided to row the Pacific to show other vets that limitations don’t have to limit your life. During his 12 weeks at sea, he had help from a fellow vet and avid ocean rower, Mick Dawson. They endured Hurricane Lane and several bad storms, along with a month of virtually no sunshine, but they finally finished this week, coming in third in The Great Pacific Race, “elated, but exhausted.”
“I think this shows if you put your mind to it, you can do anything,” Sparks says. “This has been phenomenal for me, and I wouldn’t have done it without Mick.”
Source: Inside Edition