Jordan Romero

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Jordan Romero
Born (1996-07-12) July 12, 1996 (age 22)
Residence Big Bear Lake, California, U.S. (1996 – present)
Nationality US
Occupation Mountain climber
Years active2006-present
Parent(s)Leigh Anne-Drake
Paul Romero
Karen Lundgren

Jordan Romero (born July 12, 1996) [2] is an American mountain climber who was 13 years old when he reached the summit of Mount Everest. Romero was accompanied by his father Paul Romero, his step-mother Karen Lundgren, and three Sherpas, Ang Pasang Sherpa, Lama Dawa Sherpa, and Lama Karma Sherpa. [3] The previous record for youngest to climb Everest was held by Temba Tsheri Sherpa of Nepal who was 16 years old when he reached the summit in 2001. [4] Romero was inspired to climb the tallest mountains of each continent when he saw a painting in the hallway of his school that had the seven continents' highest mountains. [5] Upon successfully hiking the Vinson Massif in December 2011 at the age of 15 years, 5 months, 12 days, Romero became the youngest climber in the world to complete the Seven Summits, a title previously held by George Atkinson. After this experience, Romero wrote a novel for children called "No Summit Out Of Sight." [6]

United States Federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.

Mountaineering sport of mountain climbing

Mountaineering is the set of activities that involves ascending mountains. Mountaineering-related activities include traditional outdoor climbing, hiking, skiing, and traversing via ferratas. Indoor climbing, sport climbing and bouldering are also considered mountaineering by some.

Mount Everest Earths highest mountain, part of the Himalaya between Nepal and China

Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmatha (सगरमाथा) and in Tibetan as Chomolungma (ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ), is Earth's highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. The international border between Nepal and China runs across its summit point.


Everest as viewed from Nepal Everest kalapatthar crop.jpg
Everest as viewed from Nepal

Mountains climbed

Noted summits Romero has climbed [7]
YearSummitsCountryContinentElevation ftElevation m
July 2006
Mount Kilimanjaro TanzaniaAfrica19,3405,892
April 2007
Mount Kosciuszko AustraliaAustralia7,3102,228
July 2007
Mount Elbrus RussiaEurope18,5105,642
December 2007
Mount Aconcagua ArgentinaSouth America22,8416,962
June 2008
Denali United StatesNorth America20,3206,194
September 2009
Mount Carstensz Pyramid IndonesiaAsia16,0244,884
May 2010
Mount Everest Nepal - ChinaAsia29,0298,848
December 2011
Vinson Massif N/AAntarctica16,0504,892

Romero is now trying to climb the highest point in each of the 50 US states.[ citation needed ] [8] He had already climbed Denali in June 2008. [9] (see also Peak bagging (Climbing list))

Peak bagging Goal to reach a collection of summits, published in the form of a list

Peak bagging or hill bagging is an activity in which hikers, climbers, and mountaineers attempt to reach a collection of summits, published in the form of a list. The activity was popularized in Scotland in the 1890s with the creation of the Munro list by Sir Hugh Munro. Peak bagging was brought to the United States by Robert and George Marshall in 1918. Since then, the activity has been popularized around the world, with lists such as 100 Famous Japanese Mountains, the Sacred Mountains of China, the Seven Summits, and the eight-thousanders becoming the subject of mass public interest.

The "50 US States Summits" Romero has climbed
YearSummitsStateElevation ftElevation mNotes
June 2008
Denali Alaska 20,3206,194 [10]
August 2012
Kings Peak Utah 13,2864,123 [11]
Mount Mansfield Vermont 4,3931,338.99 [12]
Mount Washington New Hampshire 6,2881,916.58 [13]
Mount Katahdin Maine 5,2691,605.99 [14]
State high points are shown as red circles. Low points are shown with green squares, except in states whose lowest elevation spans coastlines or lake shores (the Great Lakes or Lake Champlain).(See also List of U.S. states by elevation) Map of USA elevations.png
State high points are shown as red circles. Low points are shown with green squares, except in states whose lowest elevation spans coastlines or lake shores (the Great Lakes or Lake Champlain).(See also List of U.S. states by elevation)

Personal life

Romero grew up in Big Bear Lake, California and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. [15] [16] He was born to Paul Romero and Leigh Anne Drake. [16] [17]

Big Bear Lake, California City in California, United States

Big Bear Lake is a small city in San Bernardino County, California, located in the San Bernardino Mountains along the south shore of Big Bear Lake, and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. The city is located about 25 miles (40 km) northeast of the city of San Bernardino, and immediately west of the unincorporated town of Big Bear City. The population was approximately 5,019 at the 2010 census, down from 5,438 at the 2000 census. However, since it is a popular year-round resort destination, the actual number of people staying in or visiting the greater Big Bear Valley area regularly surges to over 100,000 during many weekends of the year.

California State of the United States of America

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

Historic climb

Prior to climbing Everest, Romero had already climbed five of the seven "highest" peaks in the world in his desire to scale the tallest peaks on the seven continents (counting two for Oceania). He finished the 7 summits with Mt.Vinson in Antarctica at 15. [18] Before climbing Everest, Romero's highest peak was Mount Aconcagua, 6,962 m (22,841 ft) in elevation. [18] His group chose a northern route out of Tibet and carried a GPS tracking device and satellite phone. [16] [17] [19] Along the way to the top, Romero conducted an interview from an intermediate base camp 18,700 feet above sea level. [15] Upon reaching Mount Everest's summit, a Skype interview was accomplished [16] and Romero also called his mother, who had been following the climb on a map which included GPS coordinates, pictures and video.

A GPS tracking unit is a navigation device normally carried by a moving vehicle or person that uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) to track the device's movements and determine its location. The recorded location data can either be stored within the tracking unit or transmitted to an Internet-connected device using the cellular, radio, or satellite modem embedded in the unit. This allows the location to be displayed against a map backdrop either in real time or when analysing the track later, using GPS tracking software. Data tracking software is available for smartphones with GPS capability.

Satellite phone type of mobile phone

A satellite telephone, satellite phone or satphone is a type of mobile phone that connects to other phones or the telephone network by radio through orbiting satellites instead of terrestrial cell sites, as cellphones do. The advantage of a satphone is that its use is not limited to areas covered by cell towers; it can be used in most or all geographic locations on the Earth's surface.

Sea level Average level for the surface of the ocean at any given geographical position on the planetary surface

Mean sea level (MSL) is an average level of the surface of one or more of Earth's bodies of water from which heights such as elevation may be measured. The global MSL is a type of vertical datum – a standardised geodetic datum – that is used, for example, as a chart datum in cartography and marine navigation, or, in aviation, as the standard sea level at which atmospheric pressure is measured to calibrate altitude and, consequently, aircraft flight levels. A common and relatively straightforward mean sea-level standard is instead the midpoint between a mean low and mean high tide at a particular location.

Concerns about the climb

Before he climbed Mount Everest, there was some criticism over whether a teenager should be allowed to attempt this. David Hillebrandt, medical adviser to the British Mountaineering Council, questioned whether Romero was mentally mature enough and then went on to say, "It is totally against the spirit of true mountaineering. This sounds like it's about mass marketing, money and it's verging on child abuse. Nowadays, people are effectively being winched up (the mountains), using ropes that Sherpas have put in for them. It will all be done for him (Romero). He's a token passenger." [20] Because of the concerns of climbing through the unpredictable Khumbu Icefall on the Nepal route, Romero and his team decided to climb from the Tibet side. On June 10, 2010, the Lhasa-based Chinese Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA), the official channel through which climbers must apply for permission to attempt peaks in Tibet, announced future age restrictions for all those attempting Everest from the north. [21]

British Mountaineering Council

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is the national representative body for England and Wales that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers. The BMC are also recognised by government as the national governing body for competition climbing.

Mass marketing is a market strategy in which a firm decides to ignore market segment differences and appeal the whole market with one offer or one strategy, which supports the idea of broadcasting a message that will reach the largest number of people possible. Traditionally mass marketing has focused on radio, television and newspapers as the media used to reach this broad audience. By reaching the largest audience possible, exposure to the product is maximized, and in theory this would directly correlate with a larger number of sales or buys into the product.

Child abuse maltreatment or neglect of a child

Child abuse or child maltreatment is physical, sexual, and/or psychological maltreatment or neglect of a child or children, especially by a parent or a caregiver. Child abuse may include any act or failure to act by a parent or a caregiver that results in actual or potential harm to a child, and can occur in a child's home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with.


After Romero climbed Mount Everest he and Katherine Blanc wrote a book The Boy Who Conquered Everest: The Jordan Romero Story. [22] At the end of 2014 Romero with Linda LeBlanc wrote another book No Summit out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits. [23] [24]

See also

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