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Samantha Larson

"Opportunities don’t always come around twice. Seize them while you can, even if the circumstances aren’t perfect."

How She Empowers Others

Samantha Larson (born 1988) is an American mountain climber from Long Beach, California. On May 16, 2007, at the age of 18, she became the youngest non-Nepalese woman to summit Mount Everest. By reaching the top of Everest, she also became the youngest person to have climbed the Seven Summits (the "Bass list"), the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents. She and her father, Dr. David Larson, became the first father-daughter team to complete the Seven Summits. In August 2007 they climbed the Carstensz Pyramid, thereby also completing the "Messner list" of the Seven Summits.

The Nepalese government said that she was the youngest foreigner ever to reach Everest's summit, but some climbing Web sites claim a 17-year-old boy from France did it in 1990. A 15-year-old Sherpa girl from Nepal was the youngest ever to climb Everest.

Larson graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in June 2006, where she was actively involved in music and dance.  She played the oboe for seven years and was a member of the All-Southern Honor Band and the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra.  She was also on the Long Beach Poly dance team.  Larson deferred her freshman year at Stanford University for a year to train for the Everest climb.  She was nominated for an ESPY Award in 2007.