US Climber, 15, Sets 7-Peak Record
Jordan Romero has climbed tallest mountain on each continent
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2011 8:14 AM CST
US teenager Jordan Romero is interviewed in Kathmandu on April 11, 2010 in preparation to climb Mount Everest.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – While most of you were busily sucking down eggnog, Jordan Romero, the boy mountain climber who became the youngest to scale Mt. Everest, was down in Antarctica setting a seven-peak record. The 15-year-old reached the summit of Mt. Vinson Massif yesterday, making him the youngest to climb the tallest peak on each of the seven continents, reports the BBC.

The Californian began his quest at the age of 10, when he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. He later scaled Australia's Mt. Kosciuszko in April 2007, Russia's Mt. Elbrus in July 2007, Argentina's Mt. Aconcagua in December 2007, North America's Mt. McKinley in June 2008, and Indonesia's Carstensz Pyramid in September 2009. His record beats that of Brit George Atkinson, who completed the feat in May at age 16.

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Dec 27, 2011 8:58 AM CST
Mount Everest is still more amazing than this kid. Can't wait to move there after new world water.
Dec 25, 2011 1:07 PM CST
It won't last - they are getting ready to have vehicles going to the top of Everest. Toddlers will soon break his record.
Dec 25, 2011 9:20 AM CST
I'm impressed. There is at least one teenager who is motivated, goals driven and capable out there. He ought to be the role model for his generation but they probably won't know he exists until the video game comes out.