Yorba Linda Mountaineer Raises Money for Cause


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A young Mountaineer boy,Tyler Armstrong, living in Yorba Linda, California, attending Glenknoll Elementary School whose passion for summiting peaks was awakened by a documentary on hiking and he is about to reach his dream goal of Climbing Mt. Everest, raising $1 million dollars to find a cure for his disease,  Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a fatal genetic disorder that impacts your muscle degeneration to end up weak. This affects 1 in 3,500 boys.

The 11-year-old Tyler, is set out to be one of the youngest kid to climb the Seven summits – the tallest mountains on each continent like, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Aconcagua and Mt. Elbrus. Tyler has been training and get ready for the harsh weathers, high altitudes, Mt. sickness and exhaustion on the mountain that will start in early April.

“I’m really excited that I can actually go to Mount Everest, experience the mountain and get to the summit,” statement from ocregister articles. Tyler had hosted a special screening at the Tustin theater of the movie “Everest” which tells the story of a blizzard that overtook the mountain and left eight climbers dead. The event raised about $5,300 toward Climb to Cureduchenne. “If he wasn’t so dedicated I don’t think we would support him as much because it is a very expensive and time-consuming sport,” Kevin Armstrong, 42, said.

Tyler is a very lucky young man, to be the first kid ever to be climbing Mt. Everest and to have sponsors that support him with supplies and gear. Tyler He has been taking ascent classes with Recreational Equipment Inc. at Mount Baldy to master using ice axes and crampons – a metal plate of spikes attached to a boot for walking on ice. He trains with professional guides and his next big practice climb will be in Ecuador over Christmas break.

Mother Priscilla is worried about his Tyler,“I decided that I didn’t want to be the dream squelcher, and I didn’t want him to become an adult that says ‘I could’ve climbed Mount Everest, but my mom said I couldn’t do it,’” she said. “It’s definitely going to be a challenge, but there’s been an indication that they will grant Tyler a permit because of what he’s done,” Kevin Armstrong said. “But they don’t issue permits until you get there.”Tyler, an honor student, will miss school while he is on Mount Everest, but he will have a tutor with him to help him stay on top of his homework and will do his science experiment on the mountain. “I just want to go higher and higher,” Tyler said.