Middle-School mountaineer returns from Kilimanjaro

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. - Nico Saporito is a globe-travelling explorer in search of adventure.

He trained for three years to prepare his body for the strain of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

"We had this device called a hypoxic training device. It helped us lower the oxygen, it helped us in the altitude," said Nico.

At only eleven years old, proper training was a must.

"We prepared well. And like anything else, if you prepare well, you have a pretty good chance of success," said Nico's father, Robert Saporito. "As any parent would, you want to expose him to other things, not just video games and television," added Robert.

Before you blame his parents for pushing him, don't. This entire trip, has been Nico's dream for the past three years.

"I was watching the Discovery Channel one day, and I saw the mountain and people climbing it, and I'm like, 'whoa, I want to do that,' " said Nico.

With the help of his parents, he was able to make his dream a reality. Using his father's accumulated frequent flyer miles, Nico and his dad began their climb for the top.

"The things he's seen on television, I want him to experience that with his other senses, not just sight and sound. Being there is much greater," said Robert.

At over 15,000 feet above sea level, with oxygen levels low enough to make talking strenuous, Nico experienced the wonder of the unknown, and shared the greatest adventure possible, with his biggest supporter.

"As you're approaching that summit, you're still taking it all in. Of course, I'm with my son, and what could be greater than that," said Robert.

Next up is a trip to Australia where Nico hopes to continue his quest for adventure with a dive in the Great Barrier Reef -- if his Mom says it's OK.

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