Teenager plans to set new world record with twin peaks challenge

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Teenager Leanna Shuttleworth will attempt a world record to become the first woman to climb two 8,000-metre mountains in 24 hours.

The 18-year-old, who was born in Buckinghamshire, aims to climb Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse back-to-back and in record time in April.

She has already become the youngest British woman to successfully reach Antarctica’s highest peak and hold the record as the youngest British woman to scale the highest mountains on three continents: North America, South America and the Antarctic.

Her father and climbing partner Mark Shuttleworth will join her in her latest attempt.

When Leanna reaches the top of Mt Everest, half way through her bid, she will become the youngest British woman to have completed the Seven Summits Challenge (SSC), her spokesman said, which requires climbers summit the highest mountain on each of the world’s continents, also including Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Elbrus, Mt Denali, Mt Aconcagua, Mt Kosciuszko, Mt Vinson Massif.

Leanna, who has only been climbing for four years, said: “It’s going to be very challenging physically and mentally, so I’ve been training hard to prepare – especially for the extremely low temperatures and high altitude, where we’ll need breathing apparatus.

“But I am feeling confident and I really hope that my climb will encourage other young women to get involved with the sport, which is so traditionally male.”

The teenager, who is on a gap year and has a place at Nottingham University to study veterinary science next year, is raising money for The Vitiligo Society – a charity which she says has helped her mother, who suffers from the condition where the loss of pigment causes the skin to turn white in patches.

For more information visit www.leannashuttleworth.com