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World's youngest mountaineer back from highest peak

05-24-2010 09:09 BJT

LHASA, May 23. (Xinhua)-- Jordan Romero, a 13-year-old Californian boy and the world's youngest mountaineer who successfully surmounted the world highest mountain Qomolangma, returned to the advanced base camp (ABC) at around 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the China Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA).

Sonam Wangchen, base camp mountaineering head of the CTMA Himalayan Expedition, told Xinhua that Romero's team have tried to scale the summit from 7,500 meters Saturday, and it took 14 hours for them to reach the peak 8,844 meters above sea level.

Romero's teammates include his father, his father's girlfriend, and three sherpas, who also reached the top.

"I summited at 9:45 am on 22 (Saturday)" Jordan Romero told Xinhua over satellite phone Sunday at ABC, which is 6,500 meters above sea level.

The Romero team safely returned to camp 2, 7,790 meters above sea level Saturday and camped there one night. Leaving camp 2 at 12:00 p.m. Sunday, the team arrived at the advanced base camp around 6:00 p.m.

"I feel really good, no problem at all," Romero said. "It is all about an experience, and I am glad to be back to the advanced base camp safely."

"I just want to say that nothing is impossible, and age does not matter, and I want to inspire more people and let them get out of the door," Romero said.

When talking about people's concerns and criticism about his expedition at such a young age, he said "We have been receiving emails from many people, and there are many people criticizing my father, but I want to say that, really, this whole thing is my idea, and I have completed it with my family around. "

The team will arrive at the base camp, which is 5,200 meters above sea leave, in two days.

The previous world record was set by a Nepalese boy, Temba Temba, who reached the summit of the Mt. Qomolangma at 16.

From July 2006 to September 2009, along with his father and stepmother, Romero had climbed Kilimanjaro in Africa, Kosciuszko in Australia, Elbrus in Europe/Russia, Aconcagua in South America, Denali in North America, and Carstensz Pyramid in Oceania.

Jordan's team will leave for Mt. Vinson Massif in Antarctica in December, to achieve his dream of conquering all the highest mountains in the seven continents before the end of this year.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: Xinhua

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