Rob Mortell youngest Irish person to reach the summit of Mount Everest

Rob Mortell

Rob Mortell youngest Irish person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

The youngest Irish person to reach the summit of Mount Everest is Limerick man Rob Mortell.

The 26 year old from the treaty county summited the words highest mountain at 6am Irish time on Monday morning.

Rob is a law and accounting graduate from the University of Limerick, who now works for KPMG.

Rob’s social media accounts kept everyone at home here in Ireland up to date with his progress on his expedition. This Wednesday Rob took to Facebook to post about how he felt to summit the world’s highest peak. “I am humbled and thrilled to be the youngest Irish person to stand on the top of the world. This achievement has been four years in the making. I did not do this alone. It was made possible by the help and support of my family, girlfriend, friends, colleagues and sponsors. I look forward to coming home to celebrate in the next few days.”

Rob takes the title as the youngest Irish person to summit Everest from his compatriot Mark Quinn, who was 27 when he topped the mountain in 2011.

Rob started his ascent last month and following taking part in 9-person expedition to the highest peak in North America Mount McKinley in Alaska. Rob also reached the summit of Mount McKinley, an incredible 20,310 feet above sea level.

Whilst on the Alaskan climb Rob spent 20 days on the mountain in temperatures below -30°C, and wind-chills below -50°C.

Upon leaving the mountain Rob and his team added their names to the 16% of successful climbers, who were lucky enough to reach the summit during the season to date.

Rob and his team returned from the Alaskan climb in good health and the same is expected from the Everest climb.

Keep up to date with Rob on Twitter here or on Facebook here.

Read more on I Love Limerick here.

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