One teenager has made history by being the first child with Down syndrome to climb to Mt. Everest's base camp.
Eli Reimer, a 16-year-old from Bend, Ore., hiked 70 miles to Everest's South Base Camp in Nepal with a team of eight other people, including his father, Justin Reimer. The trek was meant to help promote the work of the Elisha Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps to raise money and support for those living with disabilities. Reimer and his wife, Tamara, co-founded the Elisha Foundation in 2005.
The Nepal base camp is one of two base camps on Mt. Everest - the other North Base Camp being located in China. The South Base Camp - to which Eli and his father hiked - lies at an altitude of more than 17,500 feet. The trip to these base camps is fairly rigorous, and many climbers remain at camp for a day or two to better acclimatize to the high altitude.
So far, Eli's trip has helped to raise more than $85,000 in donations to the Elisha Foundation. However, the non-profit hopes to go even further and raise $100,000 for the trip.
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