The California teenager who set a world record by climbing Mount Everest last year has another big challenge ahead.
In a few weeks, 15-year-old Jordan Romero will travel to Antarctica to begin ascending 16,000 feet up Mount Vinson Massif, the tallest mountain on the continent, his father, Paul Romero, told CNN.com. "This is a life mission for Jordan," said Romero, a professional mountaineer, explaining that when his son was 9, he became transfixed by a mural in his elementary school depicting the 7 Summits.
"Jordan hopped in the car one day after school years ago and announced, 'I want to climb the 7 Summits,' " the father recalled. "I said, 'OK, sure, what do you know about the 7 Summits?' And he apparently had looked up a lot of facts on the Internet and spent 20 minutes or so rattling off all this information to me. That's Jordan. That's when this 7 Summits goal began."
Before Romero made international headlines last year on Everest, the teen trained and focused continually for years, climbing all six of the 7 summits (and another in Australia for good measure). Mount Vinson is considered the final mountain in the 7 Summits juggernaut. The 7 Summits are Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa; Denali in Alaska; Mount Elbrus in the western Caucasus mountain range in Europe; Aconcagua in the Andes mountain range in the Argentinian province of Mendoza; Carstensz Pyramid in the western central highland of Papua province in Indonesia and Mount Everest in the Himalayas.
Paul Romero's girlfriend Karen Lundgren, also a professional mountaineer, will tackle Mount Vinson with father and son.
The Romeros have their critics. Some have said that Jordan is too young to handle such a physically demanding climb or that a kid his age couldn't possibly comprehend the lethal danger involved in this kind of mountaineering. The teen has rejected those criticisms, as has his father.
"I think Jordan has more than shown he's capable of doing this and that he wants to do it. We've taken a lot of criticism about what Jordan has done, but we're quite experienced and we've tried to stress that we know what we're doing," Paul Romero said. "This is something Jordan believes in. He's driven, tough, smart. He knows what's involved."
Jordan's Antarctica climb has a campaign - "Find YOUR Everest" - which he hopes will inspire kids to find their passion and to live healthier by knocking off the junk food. The teenager has also issued a challenge to school teachers to stop rewarding positive behavior with sugary treats.
The teen will tweet and post on Facebook and Flickr during the expedition, and people following the team's progress will be able to track them online through free iPhone and Droid apps, which will be available shortly on Romero's Web site.
It's impossible to know how many days it will take to ascend, Romero said.
Mount Vinson has treacherous and unpredictable winds, and it's one of the coldest places on Earth, so each moment on the mountain is a judgment call. The expedition has been carefully planned for a short window when the winds are thought to be manageable, Romero said.
The Romero family hopes to be back in the United States to enjoy New Years. After celebrating, he'll have just enough time to prepare for his next awesome challenge - getting his driver's permit.
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Here in an excerpt from the article: "The 7 Summits are Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa; Denali in Alaska; Mount Elbrus in the western Caucasus mountain range in Europe; Aconcagua in the Andes mountain range in the Argentinian province of Mendoza; Carstensz Pyramid in the western central highland of Papua province in Indonesia and Mount Everest in the Himalayas."
Every mountain in the passage above is associated with its mountain range and country but Mt. Everest. This kind of deliberate or imprudent omissions always has been offensive my countrymen in Nepal. How hard would it be for CNN to give recognition where it belongs and state the fact as: “Mount Everest from the Himalayas in Nepal.”?
I agree completely with that. I think that since there is controversy over whether China claims that land to be theirs or not, (even though to the rest of the world, it is in nepal) CNN avoids that. They are afraid to offer an opinion that will get them kicked out of China, in fear of losing business. Its quite silly. As soon as I submit this, I will be on some list in China's databases for speaking against them. Oh well. Anyways, Nepal does deserve all the credit. They are a great country. I feel bad for you having to live next to communist wasteland hidden by "prosperous" chinese cities.
Yeah!! completely with u nepali.
And DD I don give the f*** wht china thinks? Big country don't mean they can bully us. Mt.Everest was in Nepal, is in Nepal, will be in Nepal. I am tired and sick of our so called big bully neighbours. India claims budda was born in India which is completely false. Budda gained nirvana in india, bt was born in Nepal. As for the Mt. Everest china claims its in china which is again false. Every f****** so called neighbours, want a piece of us. They shud try following live and let live.
as for CNN trying to play safe. well most of the articles i n milllions of others including chinese have seen have not shied away from bashing and trashing china. Saying CNN is afraid of china is a big lie. China fear never stopped cnn from publishing antichina articles before. take eg: building army base in aus or spying or stealing american technology articles. Huh!! do u really think CNN gives a damn abt china in those articles? I wonder if CNN cares to hear these comments. If it does then they do need to work on their fact a lot more and see to it that ppl from small country r also ppl and do have feelings
I agree with you. We all are siick and tired of INDIA saying Buddha was born in their country and China claiming that World's highest mountain Mt. Everest in their country. We should do something about this.
If the writer of this article can state the names of the country and the continent for the other mountains, he shud have stated the name of the country for mt. everest too. Mt everest is the most prominent mountain of all the 7 summits. How can he/she just simply state the himalayas and leave it to that. I know a lot of ppl who say the mt. everest is in the himalayas bt don know where actually is the himalaya in. These kind of global articles should be more careful and specific when stating the facts. Uhh!! how could cnn editing skip this? FYI, Mt. everest is in Nepal, Asia. The himalaya range they left readers to guess acts as the northern border to China.
I wish my parents were rich too.
The bit about him "climbing a peak in Australia" made me laugh. The highest "mountain " in Australia is Mt. Kosciuszko. There is a road to the summit. You could "climb" Mt. Kosciuszko in a motorised wheelchair. People have skateboarded up and over it. However, I'm not at all critical of the kid's other feats.
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