Kenny Young


An avid outdoor enthusiast, Ken Young’s life experiences have profoundly shaped his commitment to his community and the environment. Some of you may know and others may not, that when owner Ken Young isn’t leading his team at Young’s in serving great local, sustainable food, he’s often out exploring our world. Whether it is hiking or climbing in the Whites in New Hampshire, or much farther away on mountains like Kilimanjaro in Tanzania or Denali in Alaska, Ken has had some unique adventure experiences. It is these travels and consistent exposure to other cultures that have shown Ken the values of humility, hard work, and a deep respect for others and the environment.

Ken says of his adventures, “I love the challenge and exhilaration of being in the mountains, whether it is the Whites here at home or on one of the world’s highest mountains. But I’ve also loved these adventures for the people I meet and the learning I gain. I’ve met great people, both among the other climbers, and among the local people. In many of these areas, the local people provide great lessons in appreciating what they have as well as appreciating the beauty and value of our natural resources and environment, and the experiences always remind me that we need to do the same in our lives here at home as well.”

While many talk about the virtues of “Going Green”, Ken Young leads through action. You can read about his efforts to grow and buy local and improve the sustainability of Young”s Restaurant here. Young’s Restaurant is more than an eatery, it is a movement to improve the world in which we live, starting here at home.

Acongagua 2013

In February 2013, Ken traveled to the border between Chile and Argentina to climb Aconcagua, the highest peak on the North and South American Continents. Standing at 22,841 feet, Aconcagua is the highest mountain on earth outside of the Himalayas, and is one of the Seven Summits, which represent the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents. Ken climbed his third of the Seven Summits, having successfully climbed Kilimanjaro, tallest on the African continent, and Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. Ken and the other climbers were guided by Ranier Mountaineering, Inc., an experienced mountaineering guide and expedition service, which has guided many successful expeditions to many of the Seven Summits, including Aconcagua, and on many other mountains around the world.

Denali 2011

Ken recalls Denali as one of the most beautiful places to which he has ever traveled. It is a place where one can see mother nature at her best, from -30 below temperatures, avalanches happening around you, 100mph winds, to flowing glaciers down both steep and gentle slopes. It’s one of 2 places left in the world that if you were standing there 100,000 years ago you would see the same thing today. Amazing!! Says Ken, “I fell in love with Talkeetna and said when I got back that I could have melt in the fabric of Alaska and never been seen again. Trip of a life time.”

Kilimanjaro 2010

What Ken remembers most about his trip to Africa is the people. “It was amazing to see how the people of Moshi sustain themselves each and everyday. Everything in life that we take for granted they hold very dear to themselves. The great thing about them is that they don”t miss what they don”t have. They would have taken off their shirt for me and didn’t have a replacement. I will always remember my Cultural tour that I did in Moshi. I fell in love with the people there. they were wonderful.”