Thirteen-Year-Old Jordan Romero May Become Youngest Ever Mt. Everest Climber

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When Jordan Romero, a California teenager, was nine years old he saw a mural of mountain summits that sparked an idea. He decided then and there that he wanted to climb to the highest peak on each of the seven continents.

"I told my dad about it and he didn't say no," Jordan says. "He just explained the difficulties and what I'd have to do. We started training right away."

Jordan's currently in Asia on a mission to become the youngest person ever to reach the top of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain and the final peak for Jordan to conquer in order to fulfill his dream.

At just ten, Jordan became the youngest American to ascend Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro. In the three years since then, he's climbed to the top of every other continent's tallest peaks, including Mount McKinley in Alaska.
Despite his incredible record, climbing Mount Everest is still extremely dangerous. The current youngest person to reach the top was 16 and lost five fingers due to frostbite. Hundreds of people have already died on the same quest because of the extremely low temperatures -- which can drop to 100 degrees below zero, not to mention hurricane force winds whipping around. There's also less oxygen, which causes people to have difficulty breathing and thinking clearly.



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