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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Taras Genet

Taras Genet Taras, the son of Ray Genet and Kathy Sullivan, climbed Mount McKinley in June, 1991, at the age of 12. At that time, he was the youngest mountaineer to attempt this climb and the youngest to make the summit. He follows in the footsteps of his famous mountaineer-guide father and his mother, who was one of Ray Genet's assistant guides. Ray died before he could lead his son to the summit of Mount McKinley. Climbing expedition leader, Chip Faurot served as mentor to the young climber. Taras is a quiet and intense young man, who, with the help of his mother Kathy, has handled his "youngest climber" celebrity and father-son relationship with poise, though it was stressful in the beginning.
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