July 12, 1996
Redlands, California, U.S.
|Residence||Big Bear Lake, California, U.S. (1996 – present)|
|Years active||2006 – present|
|Parents||Leigh Anne Drake
Karen Lundgren (Step-mother)
Jordan Romero (born July 12, 1996) is an US Citizen mountain climber who, on May 22, 2010, became the youngest person to climb Mount Everest. He was 13 years 10 months 10 days old when he reached the summit. 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 in 2003. He 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. He climbed the Vinson Massif in December 2011, breaking the record of George Atkinson being the youngest climber in the world to complete the Seven Summits, at the age of 15 years, 5 months, 12 days. It is likely that, barring changes in national policies, Romero's record will remain unbeaten, as Nepal does not issue licences for under-16s to climb Everest, and subsequent to Romero's ascent China introduced similar restrictions on the Tibetan side.
|The "Seven Summits" Romero has climbed|
|Year||Summits||Country||Continent||Elevation ft||Elevation m|
||Mount Aconcagua||Argentina||South America||22,841||6,962|
||Mount McKinley||United States||North America||20,320||6,194|
||Mount Carstensz Pyramid||Indonesia||Australia/Oceania||16,024||4,884|
||Mount Everest||Nepal - China||Asia||29,029||8,848|
Romero is now trying to climb the highest point in each of the 50 US states.
|The "50 US States Summits" Romero has climbed|
|Year||Summits||Country||State||Elevation ft||Elevation m|
||Kings Peak||United States||Utah||13,286||4,123|
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Prior to climbing Everest, Romero had already climbed six "highest" peaks in his desire to scale the tallest peaks on the seven continents (counting two for Oceania). Before climbing Everest, Romero's highest peak was Mount Aconcagua, 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. Upon reaching the top of Everest, Romero also called his mother, who had been following the climb on a map which included GPS coordinates, pictures and video.
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." 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.
After Romero climbed Mount Everest he and Katherine Blanc wrote a book "The Boy Who Conquered Everest: The Jordan Romero Story".
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