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SoCal teen climbs 21,000 feet up Mount Everest

An ambitious Southern California teenager is aiming to become the youngest person ever to climb Mount Everest.

April 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 13-year-old Southern California boy is attempting to become the youngest person to reach the summit of the world's tallest mountain.Jordan Romero and his father have already climbed 21,000 feet in two weeks. Now they have just 8,000 feet of very treacherous terrain left to cover.

Jordan is climbing with his father and stepmother, and backed by a team of sherpas and yaks that helped transport thousands of pounds of gear.

The teen said the mountain is physically and technically tough. He said he's learned a lot of new things about the people of Nepal and China, including the culture, politics and religion.

At the beginning of the adventure, the Jordan said he climbs because he wants to inspire other young people to get outdoors. He has already climbed five of the seven highest peaks on seven continents, known as the Seven Summits.

Jordan's father, Paul, said the family travels together and climbs together.

The Romeros started tackling the Seven Summits in the summer of 2005. Jordan was just 9 years old when he climbed the 19,341 feet to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

The only peak left for the Romeros after Everest is the Vinson Massif in Antarctica, which is planned for December.

The Romeros said Jordan is a strong and skilled mountaineer and it was his idea to tackle the Seven Summits.