Jordan Romero (born July 12, 1996)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. The previous record for youngest to climb Everest was held by Ming Kipa of Nepal who was 15 years old when she reached the summit on May 22, 2003.
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.
|Noted summits Romero has climbed|
|Year||Summits||Country||Continent||Elevation ft||Elevation m|
|July 2006||Mount Kilimanjaro||Tanzania||Africa||19,340||5,892|
|April 2007||Mount Kosciuszko||Australia||Australia||7,310||2,228|
|July 2007||Mount Elbrus||Russia||Europe||18,510||5,642|
|December 2007||Mount Aconcagua||Argentina||South America||22,841||6,962|
|June 2008||Denali||United States (Alaska)||North America||20,320||6,194|
|September 2009||Mount Carstensz Pyramid||Indonesia||Asia||16,024||4,884|
|May 2010||Mount Everest||Nepal - China||Asia||29,029||8,848|
|December 2011||Vinson Massif||N/A||Antarctica||16,050||4,892|
Romero is now trying to climb the highest point in each of the 50 US states.[ citation needed ] He had already climbed Denali in June 2008. (see also Peak bagging (Climbing list))
|The "50 US States Summits" Romero has climbed|
|Year||Summits||State||Elevation ft||Elevation m||Notes|
|August 2012||Kings Peak||Utah||13,286||4,123|
|2012||Mount Washington||New Hampshire||6,288||1,916.58|
Romero grew up in Big Bear Lake, California, and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.He was born to Paul Romero and Leigh Anne Drake.
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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 seven summits with Mt. Vinson in Antarctica at age 15. 6,962 m (22,841 ft) in elevation. His group chose a northern route out of Tibet and carried a GPS tracking device and satellite phone. Along the way to the top, Romero conducted an interview from an intermediate base camp 18,700 feet above sea level. Upon reaching Mount Everest's summit, a Skype interview was accomplished and Romero also called his mother, who had been following the climb on a map which included GPS coordinates, pictures and video.Before climbing Everest, Romero's highest peak was Mount Aconcagua,
Before he climbed Mount Everest, there was some criticism over whether a 13-year-old boy 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."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.
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