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

(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.

US teenager Jordan Romero is interviewed in Kathmandu on April 11, 2010 in preparation to climb Mount Everest.
US teenager Jordan Romero is interviewed in Kathmandu on April 11, 2010 in preparation to climb Mount Everest.   (Getty Images)
In this photo taken Saturday, May 22, 2010, 13-year-old Jordan Romero, right, poses for photos with a Sherpa guide on the summit of Mt. Everest.
In this photo taken Saturday, May 22, 2010, 13-year-old Jordan Romero, right, poses for photos with a Sherpa guide on the summit of Mt. Everest.   (AP Photo/Team Romero)
In this Sept. 1, 2009 file photo, Jordan Romero, 13, ro poses at the Carstensz Pyramid summit, Oceania's highest peak at 16,024 feet. Jordan became the youngest person to reach the summit.
In this Sept. 1, 2009 file photo, Jordan Romero, 13, ro poses at the Carstensz Pyramid summit, Oceania's highest peak at 16,024 feet. Jordan became the youngest person to reach the summit.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of Romero family, File)
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