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13-year-old American Youngest To Climb Mt. Everest; 7 Summit Goal Continues

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posted on May, 23 2010 @ 10:03 AM
13-year-old American Boy Becomes Youngest To Climb Everest, Calls Mom From 'top Of The World'

The youngest climber to reach the peak of Mount Everest hugged his tearful companions and told them he loved them. Then 13-year-old Jordan Romero took the satellite phone and called his mom.

"He says, 'Mom, I'm calling you from the top of the world,'" a giddy Leigh Anne Drake told The Associated Press from California, where she had been watching her son's progress minute by minute on a GPS tracker online.

"There were lots of tears and 'I love you! I love you!'" Drake said. "I just told him to get his butt back home."

Wow! This is so cool, with this successful attempt - he is now (1) climb away from completing his goal of climbing the highest peaks on the 7 continents. At 13 years old! Awesome.

This was Jordan's first time climbing above 8,000 meters, (also on the climb: his dad, dad's girlfriend and 3 Sherpa's) they made the summit hours before scheduled. Jordan was carrying a few good luck charms, the most important: a pair of kangaroo testicles given to him by a friend with cancer...

"Every step I take is finally toward the biggest goal of my life, to stand on top of the world," Jordan said earlier on his blog.

Just one mountain remains in Jordan's own quest to climb those peaks, the Vinson Massif in Antarctica.

Jordan's team leaves for Antarctica in December, Bailey said.

"A piece of cake," his mother said.

CBS Link

Associated Press Link


Video is prior to the climb -

[edit on 23-5-2010 by LadySkadi]

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 10:08 AM
What a great achievement and most 13 year olds would not of tried

what he accomplished to climb the Mother of all Mountains on Earth,

Mount Everest. Congratulations is in order for Jordan ^Y^

[edit on 23-5-2010 by amari]

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 10:12 AM
That's amazing, way to go little guy!.

He's going to be one hell of an adult with all that traveling experience behind his belt. I wonder if there will be anybody who will break his record?

I mean 13 is young, but could you imagine any younger?

So he's already climbed 6 of the worlds highest peaks?

I'm completely stunned and amazed.


posted on May, 23 2010 @ 10:18 AM
reply to post by tothetenthpower

He's the youngest on Everest but not the youngest to climb all 7 peaks. That goes to Johnny Collinson (17) of Utah (as of January)...

Apparently, Nepal has a minimum age requirement, so Jordan's expedition registered with Chinese officials instead. China has no minimum requirement to climb.

[edit on 23-5-2010 by LadySkadi]

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 10:27 AM
reply to post by amari

I doubt most 13 year olds would be lucky enough to have a family that can afford it all. Great achievement though, i can't see anyone beating that record...12 or 13 is probably the minimum age such a feat can be achieved.

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 11:45 AM
reply to post by LadySkadi

This is an awesome achievement for this teenager to make and nothing can stop him now.

He should have the confidence of most 40 year old's who have accomplished much.

Let's hope the confidence can now be tempered with life experience and he will go very far in his life, because most 13 year old's have only beaten video games like Halo.

He has a major accomplishment that no one can take away from him.

And I hope this young man accomplishes everything he ever puts his mind too now.

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 01:02 PM
reply to post by SpartanKingLeonidas

There are more than a few teens out pushing themselves. Lotsa people out working to achieve their dreams!

Jessica Watson (16) Australia - just became the youngest to sail solo around the world

and Abby (16) and brother Zac Sunderland (17) Canada - are right behind her
CNN Link - Abby
Zac Blog

Johnny Collinson (17) Utah - youngest to climb the Seven Summits

and Jordan's Everest success (13) California -

[edit on 23-5-2010 by LadySkadi]

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 01:30 PM
well ill give the kid creadit i could never do it but i hear he will have to wate on that last clime as mom got that cell bill and it was 3k hes grounded for 3 months i hear

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 08:06 PM
This is a film by Scott Hoffman showing Big Bear's Jordan Romero and his quest to be the
youngest person to climb the highest peak on each continent.

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 08:17 PM
That's wonderful. He is an exceptional kid. Although I have to wonder how many other kids would love this opportunity and would have been successful had their parents been able to afford it.

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 08:22 PM
reply to post by calstorm

I agree and though the information doesn't go into it - I seriously doubt that the attempts to summit the 7 Summits are completely out of pocket expense, for his family. This is ideal fodder for sponsors...

Though the credit for his training and conditioning and drive and desire and support go to him and his family.

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 08:31 PM
Summiting Everest has become a tourist event. Wrought with extreme risk, yes. But a tourist event. Good job kid, glad your folks are rich and I'm glad you didn't die.

Here are a few examples of the result of the popularity of the tour.

To much effort to haul their trash so it gets left behind.

[edit on 5/23/2010 by Phage]

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 08:38 PM
reply to post by Phage

Which is exactly why Everest clean-up expeditions occur routinely.

Here's info. on 2010. It's too late to get in on it, but maybe next year...

Everest clean-up 2010

*Summiting Everest may *appear* to be a tourist event - but summiting the 7 peaks is not.
Let's not discount his achievements out of cynicism...

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 10:23 PM
reply to post by LadySkadi

My cynicism is not aimed at the boy. It is aimed at the marketing of Everest by those whose only goal is to make a buck. Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air shows exactly where such marketing can lead. Everest is not a place for amateurs. Some are lucky and survive it, many do not. Organized tours (under the guise of "expeditions"), and stunts by amateurs should not be encouraged.

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 10:28 PM
I don't mean to be a dick, but I'm getting sick and tired of all of these "super kids." It has nothing to do with jealousy or anything of the sort, they just think they're so much better than everyone else and always walk around with this attitude. Enjoy being a kid because when you get my age you will have wished you would have stayed a kid as long as possible. You're 13. Stop trying to be something special and go play with your pecker to some internet porn and hope your parents don't catch you. Seriously, I want to punch some of these kids in the face really hard.

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 10:41 PM
reply to post by Phage

Hey Phage - thanks for clarifying - I misunderstood your message.

I totally agree with what you've said - the mountains cannot, should not, be underestimated. They will kill you.

Since you mentioned Krakauer's Into Thin Air, the book he wrote from his viewpoint of the '96 Everest disaster, thought I'd link the "other side of the story". There are many professional climbers who were also on the mountain that day, who have a different view of the events that unfolded...

What Really Happened In The Thin Air
Climbers Who Were There Discuss the Events of May 10, 1996

Link -

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 10:44 PM
reply to post by LadySkadi

There are two sides to every story. I am aware of the responses.

People who have no business being on that mountain are given access too easily. This puts other at risk.

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posted on May, 23 2010 @ 11:10 PM
reply to post by Phage

Hillary, would agree with you - he has said in the past:

"I think the whole attitude towards climbing Mount Everest has become rather horrifying. The people just want to get to the top. They don't give a damn for anybody else who may be in distress."

The money to be paid and made, getting people to the summit, has turned it into a very dangerous "game"... a dance between those who climb to "conquer" the mountain and those who climb with purity and respect.

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 11:28 PM
reply to post by MadhatterTheGreat

I have no comment.

posted on May, 23 2010 @ 11:31 PM
I love hearing things like this especially when all I see here on ATS is about Americans not wanting to work and being lazy and stupid, etc etc... but yet we have these children inventing a way to crack open the iphone and now one climbing mt everest. YEAH!!! NOW WHAT????!!!!!

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