Youngest Briton on Everest Dies in Alps

Rob Gauntlett, who summited Everest at 19, dies at 21 in ice-climbing accident in the Alps
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Rob Gauntlett, who summited Everest at 19, dies at 21 in ice-climbing accident in the Alps

Rob Gauntlett, a 21-year-old mountaineer, adventurer, and motivational speaker who at 19 became the youngest Briton to scale Everest, died in an ice-climbing accident in the Alps on Saturday. He and another unidentified climber were killed by an avalanche/ice fall on Mont Blanc near Chamonix in France.

Gauntlett, an adventurer since the age of 15, had racked up impressive stats in his short career, including an ascent of Ama Dablam, riding across Europe by bike, and an amazing 180-degree trip from the North Pole to the South Pole. Recently Gauntlett had taken the position of ambassador for the Blue Project, an environmental advocacy group that saw him join forces with the likes of soccer star David Beckham.

To learn more about Gauntlett, click here.

Young British adventurer killed in Alps (UPI) —Ted Alvarez