In terms of world-record attempts, 12-year-old Sandia Prep student Turner Liotta came up a just a bit short in his effort to be the youngest to reach the high point of each state.
Last summer, a freak blizzard caught Turner and his dad, David Liotta, on Bonney Pass near the 13,000-foot mark on Wyoming’s Gannett Peak, forcing the intrepid Albuquerque residents to turn around about two miles from the 13,810-foot peak.
“When we had a good amount of them done, right in the middle of our goal, I thought about it a little bit and I was pretty nervous,” he said. “I was pretty worried we weren’t going to do it and I tried to keep a positive attitude. Toward the end, when I recognized it wasn’t going to happen. I was a little sad.”