Albuquerque boy climbs high seeking to break record

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque boy is out to break a world record. He’s trying to be the youngest person to reach the highest points in all 50 states.

On Wednesday night, the Albuquerque Public Schools board recognized Turner Liotta, 9, for his quest to go to new heights, presenting him with a certificate.

“I like climbing,” Turner said.

Fascinated with records, he came up with the idea of being the youngest to hit the highest points in all 50 states. So far, he’s reached the highest points in 13 states.

Amy Liotta, his stepmother, said, “We are so proud of it. I don’t know of another 9 year old who has such an amazing goal.”

Turner’s first mountain was Guadalupe Peak in Texas. Some places only involve a drive to a marker, but others are quite a hike.

Turner’s dad, David, is by his side. It’s an adventure for him, too, after beating Non-Hodgkin lymphoma 15 months ago.

“It’s really given me the opportunity to put things into perspective, to want to spend every day, every minute, that I have alive grateful, and I do that by spending time with my family,” David said.

To be the youngest to break the record, Turner has to hit all the spots by May 2019. He plans to finish his feat with Denali, or Mount McKinkley, in Alaska. It’s the highest mountain peak in North America.

Turner plans to get there.

You can follow Turner’s journey on his Facebook page. Eventually, the family is hoping to get sponsors because some of the major mountains will require guides. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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