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Boy (13) shows lofty ambition in Everest effort

Published 07/04/2010 | 05:00

A BOY of 13 is hoping to become the youngest person to climb Everest.

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Californian Jordan Romero will attempt the ascent to 29,035 feet with his father, an experienced climber.

When Jordan was only nine, a school mural of the world's highest seven summits inspired him to want to climb them all.

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

At age 10, he became the youngest American to summit Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak.

The current record holder for the youngest to climb Everest is Temba Tsheri of Nepal, who was 16 and lost five fingers to frostbite during his attempt in 2001.

Irish Independent

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