Samantha Larson, Poly High School Class of 2006, has become one of the youngest people to scale the 29,035-foot peak of Mt. Everest, reaching the summit with a group that included her father, David Larson, an anesthesiologist at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.
The honors graduate of Poly put off her start as a freshman at Stanford University by a year to pursue the Everest climb. At 18, she is thought to be the youngest foreigner atop Everest and the youngest to conquer the so-called seven summits, the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.
“It was just so incredible,” Samantha told the L.A. Times “It was a beautiful day so the views were fantastic.” She was looking forward to a real bed and a hot shower.
“It’s definitely the hardest thing I have ever done,” she told ABC News. “Much harder than any of the other summits.”
Larson’s accomplishment attracted news coverage from hundreds of media outlets worldwide. She has been offered TV appearances by Jay Leno, David Letterman, Martha Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres and others.