Boy, 13, aiming to conquer Everest
At the age of 13, Jordan Romero is heading to Mount Everest in an attempt to become the youngest person to scale the world's highest mountain - and complete his goal of climbing the highest peaks on all seven continents.
The teenager from Big Bear, California, was busy with his father Paul and stepmother Karen packing mountaineering gear and planning details of their expedition with three Sherpa guides who will accompany them.
The team is due to leave Katmandu, Nepal's capital, for China and then will travel to the base camp on the Chinese side of the 29,035-foot mountain.
Jordan already climbed the highest peaks on six other continents and hopes to reach Everest's summit in May.
"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," Jordan said.
The record for the youngest climb of Everest is held by Temba Tsheri of Nepal, who reached the peak aged 16.
Jordan, who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa when he was 10 years old, said he was inspired by a painting in his school hallway of the seven continents' highest summits.
Everest, however, will be his first over 8,000 metres (26,240 feet).
"This will be a big leap, but we have been training for the altitude," he said. His father and stepmother also accompanied him on his previous climbs.
Jordan said he would not take any unnecessary risks and would turn around if they encounter problems like bad weather. He said he read about past disasters on the mountain that claimed many lives and learned lessons from them.