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article image13-year-old American boy becomes youngest to summit Mt. Everest

By Melana Preston     May 24, 2010 in World
Jordan Romero, a 13-year-old American boy, became the world's youngest climber to summit Mt. Everest Saturday, May 21, 2010. Romero must finish his descent, but has arrived safely back at Advance Base Camp, his website reported yesterday.
Romero's successful summit attempt beat the previous record set by Temba Tshering of Nepal, who summited at age 16 in 2001.
Following the northern route through Tibet, Romero and his team reached the summit at 29,023 feet after ascending by way of the more technically challenging Northeast Ridge, according to his website. Romero's team chose this more arduous route as China has no age restrictions for Everest climbers, while Nepal's southern approach requires a 16-years-of-age minimum.
With the completion of his Mt. Everest ascent, Romero is one mountain away from achieving his dream of climbing all of the highest peaks of the seven continents, known as the Seven Summits. A Los Angeles Times article reported that his other climbs include: Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa) on July 22, 2006; Mt. Kosciuszko (Australia) on April, 2007; Mt. Elbrus (Europe) on July 11, 2007; Mt. Aconcagua (South America) on Dec. 30, 2007; Mt. Denali (North American) on June 18, 2008; and Carstensz Pyramid (Oceana) on Sept. 1, 2009.
Romero plans to fulfill his goal of scaling the Seven Summits in December when he heads to Antarctica to face the 16,076-foot Vinson Massif.
At age 9, a mural at school displaying the Seven Summits inspired Romero of Big Bear Lake, California. "That mural just fascinated me so much. My dad picked me up from school and I said, 'Dad, I want to climb the seven summits,' and that was it," Jordan said in an Associated Press article.
Romero wants to motivate other youth to dream big and actively chase those dreams. "I'm doing this to inspire other kids, hopefully across the world, to get outdoors and to set goals in life. I'm doing this to set an example for them," he said.
After Antarctica, Romero plans to climb the highest peaks of all 50 U.S. states.
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