The Youngest American Woman to Summit Mount Everest Gives Hope for a New Generation – Opinion


We are always inspired to watch people young and old destroy the Supreme Court Justices lawns and pretend it is their reality. Lucy Westlake is one such young person, which makes her the subject of our Friday evening Feel-Good Friday.



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Lucy Westlake (18 years old) became the youngest American woman ever to climb Mt. Everest.


The Naperville, Illinois teen reached Everest’s top — roughly 29,032 feet — on May 12 at 5:30 a.m. according to an Instagram post Friday morning, after an expedition that took 26 days.


“Looking up at the summit from camp 4 the day before our summit push, it truly looked impossible, but that night at 9 p.m. we began our climb and 8.5 hour later we did it!!,” she wrote in a caption on Instagram along with a series of photos documenting the impressive feat.


Westlake is currently working to complete the “Explorers Grand Slam” — a challenge that includes summiting the seven highest mountains of every continent (Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Vinson Massif, and Puncak Jaya and Kosciuszko) and visiting the North and South poles.



Damn. These days, my biggest accomplishments are writing and getting out the bed. Hashtag #Goals


Westlake, who is also an avid runner and will be attending the University of Southern California to compete on their track and cross-country teams, plans to enroll in college. This woman redefines what it means to be a kinetic learner. Clean water is also a part of her attention. This is the Millennium crisis that the elected leaders seem to have no concern about. Westlake is an ambassador for WaterStep. She uses her achievements to increase awareness and funds for water quality and sanitation. To install the WaterStep program in Uganda, she traveled to Uganda. It now provides safe water to 3000 people per day.


Greta still tries to address climate change. She might learn some things from Lucy.


Here are her lessons and you can replicate them.


  • Westlake attributes her success to her faith in God.

Westlake’s father encouraged her sense of adventure, and on a Sports & Spectrum Podcast, she talked about how her parents would take them on mission trips in order for them to learn service.


Westlake is a man of faith, family, purpose, and discipline. These first principles can be used to guide young people and older adults.


  • Westlake’s first big climb was when she was 12. At 4,145 feet, she summited Black Mountain in Kentucky.

Westlake became the youngest woman to reach that summit—one of the highest points in each of the lower 48 states. Westlake, who reached Mt. Denali in Alaska. The elevation is 20,310 feet


Denali, North America’s highest point is located.


You need small goals to achieve big achievements. It’s important to begin somewhere. Westlake chose the 4,000-foot summit. Once she reached that goal, the other summits didn’t look so difficult. The lesson is that you can conquer one obstacle at a given time to achieve greatness.


  • Westlake believes in a sense and fulfills it.

From the Sports & Spectrum podcast:




“I really hope that I inspire other people to climb their own mountains,” she said recently on the Sports Spectrum Podcast, shortly before she left for her climb. “I hope that they see me as someone that has a lot of trust in God, a person that will go for it that really wants to push their limits. That’s kind of my mantra that I try to live out — that limits are perceived.


“I hope to inspire this in other people as well. Maybe they can’t do it by themselves, but through God, they can. When they reach the end of what they think is possible, there’s so much more beyond.”



Lucy Westlake, thank you for showing this dog there’s still hope and achievement even for him. Young people need to set realistic goals and have big dreams. Let’s hope that she will continue to accomplish big things and inspire others to do the same.