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Teen welcomed home after climbing Mt. Everest

June 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Big Bear teenager recently became the youngest person ever to climb to the top of Mount Everest. He was greeted with a huge hometown celebration Wednesday as he returned home.It was supposed to be a yearbook assembly at Big Bear Middle School, or at least that's what 13-year-old Jordan Romero thought when he walked into the school gym Wednesday.

It wasn't just any assembly. It was a special welcome home for Jordan after he became the youngest person ever to climb Mount Everst.

In May, the eighth-grader made it to the top of Mount Everest with his father and stepmother, setting a new world record previously held by a 16-year-old from Nepal.

"We were all just crying, laughing, happy, and we all just couldn't believe that we did it," said Jordan.

Mount San Gorgonio is the very first mountain Jordan climbed. He's come a long way since then, and he still has one more mountain to scale if he wants to accomplish his ultimate goal of conquering the highest peak on each of the seven continents.

The teenager only has the Vinson Massif in Antarctica left. He says he hopes to tackle it later this year.

"It's more difficult getting there, the climb itself, the cold, the weather, everything," Jordan described his next expedition.

If successful, he'll be the youngest person ever to climb the seven summits. As Jordan eyes the final summit, his efforts have the rest of Big Bear looking up to him.

"He's setting an example for other kids, like, if you want to do something, put your mind to it and you can do it," said a Big Bear Middle School student.

After climbing Mount Everest, one may wonder if there's anything Jordan can't do, but Jordan isn't worried about that.

"Now all I have to worry about is being 13," he said.

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