Jordan Romero becomes youngest to climb 7 Summits

The Associated Press is reporting Saturday that Jordan Romero, 15, of Big Bear, Calif., successfully reached the summit of Antactica’s Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica.

The successful summit bid is the last in his quest to climb the highest peaks in all the world’s continents. By bagging the 7 Summits, Romero is the youngest person to accomplish the feat. Previously, the youngest person to do it was a British climber who did it when he was 16, The AP reported.

Romero climbed his first continental high point when he was 10 — Africa’s Kilimanjaro, The AP reported. At age 13, he became the youngest person to ever successfully climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak at 29,035 feet.

That record will likely never be broken as the countries which share Everest — Nepal and China — have age restrictions in place. Nepal’s was set years ago while China enacted an age limit shortly after Romero’s climb.

The AP quoted Romero’s Facebook page as saying, “It’s in the books. The kid and team summit with all fingers and toes. Descent still to come then we celebrate.”

Bob Doucette

On Twitter @RMHigh7088


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