Saturday, May 29, 2010

Jordan Romero, 13 years old, climbs Everest!

I had to post this story about young Jordan Romero, thirteen years old, who on May 22, 2010, became the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest. An amazing accomplishment. How wonderful to know that we all can accomplish great things, with patience and perseverance, and more than a little help from Our Father above.

VOA by Kate Woodsome | Washington, D.C.

A 13-year-old American made history on 22 May by becoming the youngest person to summit Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain. Jordan Romero tackled the dangerous peak in his quest to conquer the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on all seven continents. But his climb has attracted as much criticism as it has praise, with some observers saying he was too young to take on the challenge.

American Jordan Romero says he got the idea to scale the world's highest mountains when he was just nine years old. The boy with long, curly hair was inspired by a painting on the wall of his California elementary school.

"It was a mural in my school hallway, which was labeled the highest point on every continent, and it just fascinated me so much for some reason. So, I did some research, then my father picked me up from school one day, and I said, 'Dad, I want to climb the seven summits.'"

Romero's father immediately started training him and, a year later, he climbed his first major peak - Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Romero says his father and step-mother, who are both competitive outdoor athletes, have been key supporters of his goal to inspire young people to get fit and aim high.


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