Lucy's Expeditions

January 1, 2010

La Malinche | Jan 2010 | Age 6

La Malinche

Mexico’s 6th Highest Mountain
Puebla, Mexico
14,501 ft / 4420 m

Lucy, along with 20 members of her Mexican family, climbed La Malinche together while Lucy was living in Mexico for a year from July 2009 – June 2010.

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April 9, 2011

State Highpoints | Apr 2011-Jul 2016 | Age 7-12

State Highpoints (Lower 48)

Highest Mountain in Every State, except Hawaii and Alaska
United States
 Florida | Britton Hill | 345 ft / 105 m
 California | Mount Whitney | 14,505 ft / 4421 m
 April 9, 2011 – July 22, 2016

Lucy climbed the highest mountain in every state, except Alaska, during these years. She set a world record as the youngest female to accomplish this feat on July 22, 2016, at the age of 12.

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January 6, 2017

Kilimanjaro | Jan 2017 | Age 13


Africa’s Highest Mountain
Arusha, Tanzania
19,340 ft / 5895 m
CLIMB DATES: January 6-12, 2017

The first of her Seven Summits, Lucy climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to test how her body would handle high altitude before attempting Denali.

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May 29, 2017

Denali | May-Jun 2017 | Age 13


Alaska and North America’s Highest Mountain
Talkeetna, Alaska
20,320 ft / 6194 m
CLIMB DATES: May 29 – June 18, 2017

Lucy attempted to summit her 50th state highpoint and set the world record as the youngest female to climb all 50 at the age of 13. After being on the mountain for 20 days, Lucy and her team had to descend without the opportunity to climb above high camp at 17,200 feet due to prolonged, life-threatening weather. The team raised over $20,000 for Outdoors Empowered Network on this climb to help give other youth outdoor adventure opportunities.

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January 4, 2018

Aconcagua | Jan 2018 | Age 14


South America’s Highest Mountain
Mendoza, Argentina
22,841 ft / 6962 m
CLIMB DATES: January 4-12, 2018

At 21,000 feet on her first summit attempt, Lucy experienced altitude symptoms which required her to descend until feeling better. Unfortunately, she was unable to attempt the summit again due to a week-long high wind and snow storm. Lucy looks forward to returning one day to stand on the top of the Western Hemisphere’s highest mountain.

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December 29, 2018

Pico de Orizaba | Dec 2018 | Age 15

Pico de Orizaba

Mexico’s Highest Mountain
Puebla, Mexico
18,491 ft / 5636 m
CLIMB DATES: December 29-30, 2018

Returning to climb in Mexico after nine years, Lucy enjoyed being on the mountain with her Mexican family.

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June 5, 2019

Elbrus | Jun 2019 | Age 15


Europe’s Highest Mountain
Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia
18,510 ft / 5642 m
CLIMB DATES: June 5-6, 2019

After 24 hours of travel and an 8 hour time difference, Lucy and her father arrived at Mount Elbrus with ideal climbing conditions. A strenuous, yet straight-forward climb, Lucy stood on the top of Europe and her second Seven Summits peak.

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January 4, 2020

Mount Kosciuszko | Jan 2020

Mount Kosciuszko | Jan 2020

Mount Kosciuszko

Australia’s Highest Mountain
New South Wales, Australia
7310 ft / 2228 m m
CLIMB DATES: Mountain closed due to fires

Lucy traveled in Australia for two weeks in January 2020 waiting to climb Mount Kosciusko, but never had the chance to even get close to the mountain. During those two weeks, Australia was experiencing the worst fires in their recorded history and Mount Kosciusko was in the heart of it. “I never imagined fire would be a reason for not reaching the summit of a mountain, but the more time I spend in the outdoors, I am reminded that weather has the ultimate say.”

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June 20, 2021

Denali | Jun 2021


Alaska and North America’s Highest Mountain
Talkeetna, Alaska
20,320 ft / 6194 m
CLIMB DATES: June 4-22, 2021

On Father’s Day, Lucy and her father, Rodney, stood on the top of North America to complete their 50th state highpoint together. It was the culmination of 10 years of learning, exploring, and growing in the mountains together. The expedition started with nine climbers, but ended with only Lucy and Rodney making it to the top. This expedition completed Lucy’s goal, set 10 years ago at the age of 7, to be the youngest female to climb all 50 of the US state highpoints.

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“It takes an unbelievable amount of determination to position yourself for the opportunity. Then it comes down to making the right decision at the right moment. And there is very little room for error.”

-Lucy Westlake