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Teen, 13, Youngest Atop Mount Everest
May 22, 2010

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It took Jordan Romero 13 years to climb Mount Everest – not bad, considering he's 13 years old.

The California teen reached the summit of the tallest mountain in the world and promptly called his mother on a satellite phone to share the good news. His father stood beside him at "the top of the world."

Romero is officially the youngest person to set foot on top of Mount Everest, some 29,035 feet above sea level. He is three years younger than the previous record-holder.

The son of ardent mountain-climber, Jordan climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, when he was 9. Since then, he's climbed five more of the world's tallest mountains. (Everest was No. 6 overall.) The last one on the list, Vinson Massif in Antarctica, is on target for December.

Also that same day, Apa, a Nepalese Sherpa who says he has just the one name, reached the summit Mount Everest for the 20th time, breaking his own world record. Apa didn't go just for the view; actually, he did: he went with a group to bring back garbage left by previous climbers. Since New Zealand's Sir Edmund Hillary first stood atop the mountain in 1953, thousands of people have attempted the summit, leaving behind all manner of debris on their way up and, especially, on their way down. Apa's group aimed to make a small dent in that spread-out pile of debris.



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