MAY 23, 2010
ROMERO, AGE 13, BREAKS WORLD RECORD & REACHES THE SUMMIT
OF MOUNT EVEREST
Romero becomes the youngest person in the world to scale Mount
Everest, the world's tallest mountain.
May 22, 2010, Jordan Romero, age 13, became the youngest person
in the world to reach the summit of Mount Everest, setting
a new World Record.
entire ascent up Mount Everest was monitored by a GPS tracker,
and relayed to his family back home in California.
Because of Jordan’s young age, the Nepalese government
would not give him permission to climb Mount Everest from
Nepal. Instead, Jordan had to make his ascent up the mountain
from a much more difficult and treacherous approach, which
is the Chinese side, where there is no age restriction.
Jordan Romero has now successfully climbed the tallest mountains
on six of the world's seven continents. He climbed the Mount
Kilimanjaro summit in Tanzania at the age of 10, setting a
Jordan’s quest includes climbing all of the highest
peaks of the tallest mountains on every continent. He
has accomplished every one of those goals except one, and
plans on tackling the last summit of his quest in December
2010, when Jordan will attempt to climb Mt. Vinson, Antarctica’s
highest peak at 16,050 feet.
Dr. Ann de Wees Allen, Chief of Biomedical Research
at the Glycemic Research Institute (www.Glycemic.com),
has been working on Human Sports Performance with
Jordan’s father, Paul Romero for the past 7 years, and
Jordan has been on the Human Sports Performance Kids NanoCroc
Committee since he was age 9 (www.HumanSportsPerformance.com).
Dr. Ann de Wees Allen was one of Jordan’s Primary Sponsors
for the Mount Everest climb, and designed a Nitric Oxide drink
for Jordan to take with him up the mountain.
Jordan, along with his father, visited Dr. Allen at her home
in Florida right before he left for Mount Everest, and they
discussed Jordan’s plans to educate and inspire kids,
and to help fight the childhood obesity epidemic.
Dr. Allen states, “Jordan is the most amazing kid I
have ever met. He can do anything he sets his mind to. Paul
Romero, Jordan’s father, has instilled in Jordan a love
of humanity, and a drive in life to make a difference in this
Summits Conquered by Jordan Romero:
|• Mt. Kilimanjaro
peak at 19, 340 ft. (age 10)
|• Mt. Kosciuszko
peak at 7,310 ft. (age 10)
|• Mt. Elbrus
peak at 18,510 ft. (age 11)
|• Mt. Aconcagua
highest peak at 22,841 ft. (age 11)
|• Mt. McKinley
highest peak at 20,320 ft. (age 11)
|• Carstensz Pyramid
||Oceania's highest peak
at 16,024 ft. (age 13)
|• Mt. Everest
||Asia's highest peak
at 29,035 ft. (age 13)
|• Mt. Vinson
peak at 16,050 ft. (Winter 2010)
Romero: Mount Everest Premiere Sponsors
||Team Duke (John Wayne
||Glycemic Research Institute:
Dr. Ann de Wees Allen
ROMERO’S WORLD RECORD:
JORDAN ROMERO REACHES
TOP OF MOUNT EVEREST
this is your son calling
from the top of the world,"
Kids should follow me
Manesh Shrestha, for CNN
May 27, 2010 8:38 a.m. EDT
Romero arrives with supporters and family members at the
Nepal-China border northwest of Kathmandu on May 26, 2010
Youngest person to climb Everest says age is no bar to following
Romero reached peak of 8,850-meter mountain at age 13 years,
Nepal (CNN) –
The youngest person to climb the world's highest mountain
has said age is no bar to following one's dreams and that
he would encourage children even younger than himself to
On Saturday Jordan Romero, from Big Bear, California, reached
the peak of the 8,848-meter (29,028-foot) mountain aged
13 years, 10 months and 10 days accompanied by his father
"Age is not a matter," Jordan told reporters in
Kathmandu, a day after he returned from his climb. "My
body did cope with the altitude very well."
And he said he would encourage children younger even than
him to reach the summit. "I definitely do encourage
(them) to go big," he said.
Jordan said he wanted his climb to inspire young people.
"I am doing this to set an example for them,"
The youngster has now climbed six of the "seven summits,"
the highest mountains of the seven continents; he plans
to climb Vinson Massif in Antarctica in December.
Before that he hopes to climb the 8,201-meter Cho Oyu, the
sixth highest mountain in the world that lies on the Nepal-Tibet
border, and descend on skis.
He said he wanted to give the message that if one sets out
to do anything, it is possible.
He got the idea to climb the seven summits in 2004, when
he saw a mural on the wall of his school.
He climbed his first of the seven summits, Mount Kilimanjaro
in Africa, aged 10, in 2006.
He said the Everest climb was difficult and he didn't think
he would reach the summit. "The altitude, the lack
of oxygen made it difficult. Winds were blowing at 100 kilometers
per hour and it was cold."
I cried for an hour leading to the summit when we knew we
were going to make it --Paul Romero, father of Jordan
As he approached the summit he said he was thinking of the
weeks leading up to the final moment.
"We knew this was the moment he had been waiting for,"
Jordan was accompanied on his most recent climb by his father
Paul Romero, a paramedic specializing in high altitude physiology
and medicine, and stepmother Karen Lundgren. Three Nepali
sherpas also reached the peak on 22 May.
Asked how he felt when his son reached the summit Paul Romero
said: "I cried for an hour leading to the summit when
we knew we were going to make it," he said. "I
was watching him getting stronger as he went up."
The day before the summit the team left their camp at 7,500
meters at 5 p.m., and reached the summit 14 hours later.
It took them another eight hours to get back to camp. Paul,
also the leader of the expedition, attributed strong teamwork
for their success.
Because of strong winds climbers do not climb to the summit
during the day.
About 4,000 people have climbed Everest since Edmund Hillary
of New Zealand and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay first climbed the
mountain in 1953.
The Romeros spent about 15 minutes at the summit, during
which Jordan called his mother in the U.S. on a satellite
"I said, 'Mom, this is your son calling from the top
of the world," an assured-looking Jordan told the news
Asked whether he had put his son in any danger, Paul, who's
been on climbing expeditions around the world, said, "We
had rehearsed every possible scenario. I know what calculated
Despite his achievement, Jordan is trying to keep up with
his schoolwork on the expedition. He is a week or two behind
his middle school algebra assignment, he said, but is confident
that he will catch up. He certainly has a good excuse.