Friday, May 21, 2010

13 year old boy to become youngest person to climb Mt Everest

A 13-year-old American boy has set his sights on becoming the youngest person ever to scale the highest peak in the world.

Jordan Romero has already reached Camp 2, which is an approximately nine hour climb from Camp 1, seven and a half kilometers from the base of the mountain.

Climbers stay at around 3 or 4 'camps' before reaching the summit.

The Associated Press reports:

"Team Jordan is OK. We are trekking!" read the latest update from Romero's blog Friday morning.
The record for the youngest climber to scale Everest is held by Temba Tsheri of Nepal, who reached the peak at age 16.
Romero, from Big Bear, California, is climbing with his father Paul and three Sherpa guides.
He climbed the highest peaks on six other continents and hopes to reach the top of the world's tallest mountain in five to seven days, depending on weather conditions. Everest, however, will be his first challenge above 8,000 meters (26,240 feet).
Romero reportedly climbed Mount Killimanjaro at age 10, and has very little interest in setting less ambitious goals, let alone giving up on those he has already made.
Weather forecasts for Everest posted on the blog showed sunny skies and winds of up to 83 miles per hour (134 kilometers per hour), with winds expected to ease to 37 mph (60 kph) on Saturday. 
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