July 12, 1996|
Redlands, California, U.S.
|Residence||Big Bear Lake, California, U.S. (1996 – present)|
Jordan Romero (born July 12, 1996) is an American mountain climber who was 13 years old when he reached the summit of Mount Everest. 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 Temba Tsheri Sherpa of Nepal who was 16 years old when he reached the summit in 2001. Romero 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. Upon successfully hiking the Vinson Massif in December 2011 at the age of 15 years, 5 months, 12 days, Romero became the youngest climber in the world to complete the Seven Summits, a title previously held by George Atkinson. After this experience, Romero wrote a novel for children called "No Summit Out Of Sight."
|Noted summits Romero has climbed|
|Year||Summits||Country||Continent||Elevation ft||Elevation m|
|Mount Aconcagua||Argentina||South America||22,841||6,962|
|Denali||United States||North America||20,320||6,194|
|Mount Carstensz Pyramid||Indonesia||Asia||16,024||4,884|
|Mount Everest||Nepal - China||Asia||29,029||8,848|
|The "50 US States Summits" Romero has climbed|
|Year||Summits||State||Elevation ft||Elevation m||Notes|
|Mount Washington||New Hampshire||6,288||1,916.58|||
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Prior to climbing Everest, Romero had already climbed five of the seven "highest" peaks in the world in his desire to scale the tallest peaks on the seven continents (counting two for Oceania). He finished the 7 summits with Mt.Vinson in Antarctica at 15. 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 and Romero also called his mother, who had been following the climb on a map which included GPS coordinates, pictures and video.
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. In the end of 2014 Romero with Linda LeBlanc wrote another book No Summit out of Sight The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits.