13-year-old California boy reaches summit of Mt. Everest
May 22, 2010
(ChattahBox) – My mother wouldn’t even let me climb tall trees when I was his age! But on Saturday, 13-year-old Jordan Romero from Big Bear, California became the youngest climber to reach the top of Mount Everest at 29,035 feet above sea level, beating the previous mark set by a 16-year-old from Nepal. He and his team, which includes his father, his father’s girlfriend and three Sherpa guides, made the assent from base camp on the Chinese side, which has no age limit for climbers like the Nepal side. When Jordan, who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa when he was nine years old, reached the top of Mt. Everest, the first thing he did was call his mother. Jordan is now just one summit away from scaling the highest peaks on all seven continents. He plans to tackle what could prove to be the toughest challenge, Vinson Massif in Antarctica, in December. Interviews with Jordan will have to wait until he returns to advance base camp, which could take a couple of days, and is a perilous route that claims the lives of climbers each year. But when he goes back to school next fall he should be all set for that inevitable, ‘what you did last summer’ essay.