During Johnny’s life, he scaled each of the Seven Summits. The Seven Summits means the highest mountain on each continent. Johnny climbed the first of the Summits when he was 12 years old, setting a world record for being the youngest person to climb Mt. Vinson on Antartica.  By the age of 17, he had climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Kosciuszko (Australia), Mt. Elbrus (Russia), Denali (North America), Aconcagua (South America), and Mount Everest (Asia).  Next, Johnny completed the Adventurers Grand Slam, which consists of climbing the Seven Summits, plus reaching the North and South Poles.  Due to new age restrictions, Johnny will forever hold the record of being the youngest person to achieve the Grand Slam.

In addition to summiting the worlds highest mountains, Johnny was an avid skydiver, base jumper, and philanthropist. He also dabbled in downhill skateboarding, reaching nearly unimaginable speeds, and big wave surfing (which he liked to train for by holding his breath in the jacuzzi for as long as possible).

Listen to Johnny’s interview
with Boy’s Life Magazine