Teen Becomes First with Down Syndrome to Reach Top of Mt. Everest

Published 04/01 2013 10:42AM

Updated 04/01 2013 10:45AM

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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