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Jordan Romero

Jordan Romero

American mountaineer
Jordan Romero
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American mountaineer
Is Writer Mountaineer Explorer
From United States of America
Type Literature Sports
Gender male
Birth 12 July 1996, Redlands, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Age 24 years
Star sign Cancer
Residence Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County, California, USA
The details


Jordan Romero (born July 12, 1996) is an American mountain climber who was 13 years old when he reached the summit of Mount Everest. Romero was accompanied by his father Paul Romero, his step-mother Karen Lundgren, and three Sherpas, Ang Pasang Sherpa, Lama Dawa Sherpa, and Lama Karma Sherpa. The previous record for youngest to climb Everest was held by Ming Kipa of Nepal who was 15 years old when she reached the summit on May 22, 2003. He was inspired to climb the tallest mountains of each continent when he saw a painting in the hallway of his school that had the seven continents' highest mountains.

He climbed the Vinson Massif in December 2011, breaking the record of George Atkinsonbeing the youngest climber in the world to complete the Seven Summits, at the age of 15 years, 5 months, 12 days. After this experience, Romero wrote a novel for children called No Summit Out Of Sight.

Romero is now trying to climb the highest point in each of the 50 US states. He had already climbed Denali

Personal life

Romero grew up in Big Bear Lake, California and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born to Paul Romero and Leigh Anne Drake.

Historic climb

Prior to climbing Everest, Romero had already climbed six "highest" peaks in his desire to scale the tallest peaks on the seven continents (counting two for Oceania). Before climbing Everest, Romero's highest peak was Mount Aconcagua, 6,962 m (22,841 ft) in elevation. His group chose a northern route out of Tibet and carried a GPS tracking device and satellite phone. Along the way to the top, Romero conducted an interview from an intermediate base camp 18,700 feet above sea level. Upon reaching Mount Everest's summit, a Skype interview was accomplished and Romero also called his mother, who had been following the climb on a map which included GPS coordinates, pictures and video.

Concerns about the climb

Before he climbed Mount Everest, there was some criticism over whether a teenager should be allowed to attempt this. David Hillebrandt, medical adviser to the British Mountaineering Council, questioned whether Romero was mentally mature enough and then went on to say, "It is totally against the spirit of true mountaineering. This sounds like it's about mass marketing, money and it's verging on child abuse. Nowadays, people are effectively being winched up (the mountains), using ropes that Sherpas have put in for them. It will all be done for him (Romero). He's a token passenger." Because of the concerns of climbing through the unpredictable Khumbu Icefall on the Nepal route, Romero and his team decided to climb from the Tibet side. On June 10, 2010, the Lhasa-based Chinese Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA), the official channel through which climbers must apply for permission to attempt peaks in Tibet, announced future age restrictions for all those attempting Everest from the north.


After Romero climbed Mount Everest he and Katherine Blanc wrote a book The Boy Who Conquered Everest: The Jordan Romero Story. In the end of 2014 Romero with Linda LeBlanc wrote another book No Summit out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits.

Mountains climbed

Noted summits Romero has climbed 
Year Summits Country Continent Elevation ft Elevation m 
July 2006 Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania Africa 19,340 5,892 
April 2007 Mount Kosciuszko Australia Australia 7,310 2,228 
July 2007 Mount Elbrus Russia Europe 18,510 5,642 
December 2007 Aconcagua Argentina South America 22,841 6,962 
June 2008 Denali United States (Alaska) North America 20,320 6,194 
September 2009 Mount Carstensz Pyramid Indonesia Asia 16,024 4,884 
May 2010 Mount Everest Nepal - China Asia 29,029 8,848 
December 2011 Vinson Massif N/A Antarctica 16,050 4,892 
State high points are shown as red circles. Low points are shown with green squares, except in states whose lowest elevation spans coastlines or lake shores (the Great Lakes or Lake Champlain)
The "50 US States Summits" Romero has climbed 
Year Summits State Elevation ft Elevation m Notes 
June 2008 Denali Alaska 20,320 6,194  
August 2012 Kings Peak Utah 13,286 4,123  
2012 Mount Mansfield Vermont 4,393 1,338.99  
2012 Mount Washington New Hampshire 6,288 1,916.58  
2012 Mount Katahdin Maine 5,269 1,605.99  
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