Hollie Kenney

7-Year-Old Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro to Honor Late Father

April 06, 2018 - 2:05 pm

By Kayla Jardine

She may be small, and she’s definitely mighty!

7-year-old Montannah Kenney made history by becoming the youngest girl to climb Mount Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet.

Montannah completed the challenging climb to honor her father who died just one week after her third birthday. Her dad struggled with PTSD and both Montannah and her mom Hollie hoped the historic climb would help raise awareness about the disorder. 

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Hollie told Radio.com that Montannah wanted to do it because "She wanted to be above the clouds and closer to her dad in heaven."
The two reached the top of Africa’s tallest mountain side-by-side. Hollie, who is a former professional triathlete, coached her daughter to prepare for the difficult climb. They hiked 4-8 hours on weekends with shorter treks during the week.

"We wanted to do it together, because our life is about doing things together," said Hollie. "It is just her and me in our family."

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She obtained a special permit from park officials to attempt the climb even though the age limit is typically 10-years-old.  After the mother-daughter duo reached the summit, the two spent two weeks in Africa going on safaris and visiting beaches.

And while the journey was fun, Hollie admitted it was an extremely difficult climb, especially with constant snow and rain during the trek. "We wouldn’t change anything about it, we just wouldn’t want to do it again," she joked.
What an incredible adventure these two will never forget!