US boy (13) sets out on quest to conquer Everest
Published 12/04/2010 | 05:00
A 13-year-old Californian boy is attempting to become the youngest person ever to climb Mount Everest.
Jordan Romero set out from Kathmandu yesterday and will travel to base camp on the Chinese side of the 29,035ft peak. He hopes to reach the summit by May.
The world's tallest mountain is the final leg in Jordan's attempt at the Seven Summits, a daunting mountaineering challenge that incorporates the highest peaks in seven continents.
He will be accompanied on the Everest ascent by his father and stepmother, and two Sherpa guides.
The youngest person to climb Everest is Temba Tsheri (16), from Nepal, who did so in 2001.
Jordan and his parents, both experienced mountaineers, climbed the first of the Seven Summits -- Africa's Kilimanjaro -- in July 2006, when he was 10.
Jordan said he was inspired by a painting in his school's hallway showing all seven peaks. "I just wanted to do something big, and this was something I wanted to do for myself. It was all about the experience and I just happen to be 13 at this time," he said of the Everest attempt. (© Daily Telegraph, London)