Jordan Romero: The Story Of The Youngest Everest Conqueror
Romero really didn't wait. He started learning the technique of mountain climbing. He had the full support of his parents in this matter. Not only support, they also joined Romero's expedition to the summit of the mountain.
In 2005, Jordan Romero was 9 years old. He attended a school in California, USA. There was a picture on the wall of that school, a picture of 'Seven Summit'. That means pictures of the highest seven mountain peaks on seven continents. Romero saw that picture every day, and a dream came to his mind. He wants to conquer the highest seven peaks of the seven continents. From then on, Romero began to pursue that dream, because he knew there was no point in waiting.
Romero really didn't wait. He started learning the technique of mountain climbing. He had the full support of his parents in this matter. Not only support, they also joined Romero's expedition to the summit of the mountain. Earlier, her father Paul Romero and mother Leigh Ann-Drake had divorced. Dad also married a woman named Karen Lundgren. Along with his father, his stepmother also accompanied him in the expeditions. The three of them started conquering the highest peaks of different continents from the following year onwards.
* Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, won in 2006.
* His next year was Elbrus in Europe and Aconcagua in South America.
* Denali is the highest peak in North America in 2008.
* The Kirstenz Pyramid on the Australian continent in 2009.
The next year, the biggest challenge was taken by Romero. Yes, he planned to climb Everest, the highest peak in Asia and the world. He arrived in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, with his father and stepmother. Three guides were also taken along to climb Everest. Three Sherpas- Aung Pasang Sherpa, Lama Dawa Sherpa and Lama Karma Sherpa. But the law of Nepal was omitted. It clearly states that no one under the age of 16 can climb Everest.
They did not know about the law of age for climbing Everest in Nepal. Despite the strictness of such rules and regulations in Nepal, there are no such restrictions in China. So they set up base camp in Tibet instead of Nepal. That means Romero set out to conquer Everest through the Chinese side of Everest. With father, stepmother and three Sherpas. Romero took everything he needed to conquer Everest, along with a GPS tracking device and a satellite phone. He also gave an interview on the way to the summit of Everest from a height of 18,700 feet.
On May 22, 2010, Jordan Romero climbed Mount Everest. Immediately a page of the history of the conquest of Everest had to be rewritten. Ming Keeper, a Nepali girl who climbed Everest in 2003 at the age of 15, was the youngest to climb Mount Everest at the youngest age. Meanwhile, another Nepali boy, Temba Sherry, was 16 years and 14 days old when he climbed Everest on May 24, 2001. And Romero won at the age of 13 years 10 months 10 days. After making changes in the pages of history, he called his mother with the satellite phone he had brought with him. And said, 'Mom, I called you from the highest peak in the world.'
Romero's Seven Summits are yet to be won. The Vinson Massif, Antarctica's highest peak, still remains. He has to wait for more than a year. Because going there is a very difficult and huge cost. The following December, at the age of 15 years, five months and 12 days, Romero conquered the Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica. With this victory, he changed the history of mountaineering again. At the youngest age, he was named as the Seven Summit-winning mountaineer on the record book. George Atkinson was left behind in this journey. He has also written a book for children about these campaigns. Name ‘No Summit Out of Site’.