Middlebury student joins elite group of climbers

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A Middlebury College student has become the youngest person to climb the tallest peaks on the seven continents. Twenty-two-year-old Britton Keeshan reached the top of Mount Everest on Monday. Keeshan, a native of Greenwich, Connecticut, was among a group of 17 climbers, guides and sherpas to reach the top.

Only 33 Americans and fewer than 100 people worldwide have climbed each of the continent’s highest points. Keeshan, the grandson of the late Bob Keeshan (best known as “Captain Kangaroo”) began his quest at age 15.

He’s the second climber with Vermont connections to make it to the top of Everest in a week. Dave Watson of Burlington reached the summit last Thursday.

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