Romanian climber Dor Geta Popescu, aged 12, has become the world’s youngest girl to reach the Aconcagua Summit in Argentina, standing at 6,960 meters, according to Mediafax.
Aconcagua is the highest peak in the Southern and Western Hemispheres, the highest outside Asia and the highest in the Americas. According to the Mountain Sports Club Altitudine, both world records in the female category for lowest age upon reaching the Aconcagua summit are held by Romanians.
Dor Geta Popescu has another world record for age under her belt, obtained in December 2015 for climbing the highest volcano in the world, Ojos del Salado (6,892 meters). She is a member of the Mountain Sports Club Altitudine and aims to finalize the 7 Volcanoes Circuit (reaching the top of the highest volcano on each continent) and the 7 Summits Circuit (reaching the highest summit on all continents) before she is 14.
Dor Geta Popescu holds various records for her climbing activities:
- – a world record, at 11 years old, after climbing Sabalan (4.811 meters)
- – a world record, at 11 years old, after climbing Damavand peak (5,671 meters)
- – a European record of age in 2015, after climbing Elbrus
- – a national age record in 2015 after climbing Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) of the Kilimanjaro.