American Teener is Youngest to Reach Mt. Everest Summit

A curly haired 13-year-old from California has become the youngest climber to reach the world’s highest peak. Jordan Romero summited Mount Everest on Saturday, completing the 8,850-meter climb three years younger than the previous record holder, Nepal’s Temba Tsheri, who was 16 when he conquered Everest in 2001.

Romero, who is one step away from completing his quest to reach the highest peaks on all seven continents, made the climb from the Chinese side of Everest, as Nepal, which controls the other side of the mountain, has age restrictions for climbers. Romero was accompanied by his father and four other people in the historic climb. The first thing he did when he reached the top of Everest was to call his mother via satellite phone. Interviewed by the Associated Press, Leigh Anne Drake said her son’s exact words were: “Mom, I’m calling you from the top of the world.”

He would complete his quest of the seven highest peaks on each continent if he conquers Antarctica’s Vinson Massif, which he plans to climb in December. He started his quest when he climbed Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro at the age of 9.