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Youngest Everest climber to set new record in 2011

Jordan Romero at 13 became the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest. (AP)
Jordan Romero at 13 became the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest. (AP)
At the age of 13, Jordan Romero became the youngest person to reach the peak of Mount Everest in 2010.

Romero, now 14, is attempting another record-setting year for 2011.

His goal is to reach the peak of Mount Vinson, Antarctica’s highest point. If he succeeds, Romero will be the youngest person to climb the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents.

“I just wanted to do this at a young age and for that I feel really lucky,” Romero told AOL News.

“What I believe in is somebody climbing for the right reason and that’s for the experience, not for records,” Romero added.

Romero will launch the three-to-five-week expedition to Antarctica with his father Paul Romero, and his father’s girlfriend, Karen Lundgren. In 2006, the trio climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the starting point of their seven summits tour, reported AOL News.

Before Romero starts the expedition to Antarctica, he plans to climb the highest mountain in every state of United States as part of a campaign to encourage kids to exercise and enjoy outdoors.

Last year the Chinese government imposed a minimum age of 18 to get permission to climb on the Tibetan side of Mount Everest.

By Moon Ye-bin (yebinm@heraldcorp.com)
Intern reporter

Edited by John Power


<한글 요약>

13세의 나이로 에베레스트 정상에 올라 세계 최연소 등반을 기록한 조던 로메로가 또 다른 기록을 새울 예정이라고 미국 AOL 뉴스가 1월 11일에 보도했다.

현재 14살인 그는 어린 시적 학교 복도에 걸려 있던 세계 7대륙 최고봉의 그림에 영감을 받아 등정에 나섰고 9살 때 아버지와 아버지 여자친구, 세 명의 세르파와 함께 아프리카 최고봉 킬리만자로를 처음 정복했다.

11세 때는 알래스카 매킨리와 아르헨티나와 칠레 접경에 있는 아콩카과 등을 정복했다. 로메로의 마지막 목표는 7개봉 가운데 하나만 남은 남극대륙의 최고봉인 빈슨 매시프의 정상에 오르는 것이다.

만약 그가 목표에 달성한다면, 에베레스트 정상뿐만 아니라 세계 모든 7개봉정상에 오른 최연소 소년이 될 것이다.
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