|Jordan Romero age 13, Carstensz Summit, Indonesia|
Mercury News 12/26/11. "BIG BEAR, Calif. -- A Southern California teenager became the youngest person to successfully climb "the Seven Summits," the tallest mountains on each of Earth's seven continents, according to his website. Jordan Romero, 15, called his mother, Leigh Ann Drake, on Saturday to confirm that he'd reached the top of Mt. Vinson Massif in Antarctica. The Big Bear native beat the record previously held by British climber George Atkinson, who completed the ascents at age 16 in May.
Romero's team began the Vinson Massif climb Wednesday. Romero's Facebook page, "Find Your Everest," marked reaching the summit."It's in the books. The kid and team summit with all fingers and toes. Descent still to come then we celebrate," a post to the Facebook page read. Romero completed the climbs with his father and stepmother.
"It's my dream we are following to the highest points on every continent," Jordan says on his blog. "I know it's a big goal and lucky for me my family is supporting me every step of the way." At age 10, Romero climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, and at age 13 he climbed the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest in Asia. The others are Denali (McKinley) in North America, Aconcagua in South America, Elbrus in Europe, and Carstensz Pyramid in Oceania. ("Oceania" is the list's broader designation for Australia and nearby islands; an alternative Seven Summits list designates Kosciuszko in Australia.) Drake declined further comment, saying the family is not seeking attention for the boy's achievement."
Posted by Kathy Meeh