US 13-year-old becomes youngest to scale Everest

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A 13-YEAR-OLD American boy became the youngest climber to reach the top of Mount Everest on Saturday, surpassing the previous record set by a 16-year-old Nepalese. Jordan Romero called his mother by satellite phone from the summit of the world’s highest mountain, 29,035 feet above sea level. He is now one climb away from his quest to conquer the highest peaks on all seven continents.
“He says, ‘Mom, I’m calling you from the top of the world,”’ Leigh Anne Drake said from California, where she had watched her son’s progress on a GPS tracker online.
“There were lots of tears and ‘I love you! I love you!”’ Drake said. “I just told him to get his butt back home.” The teenager with long curly hair — who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa when he was 9 years old — says he was inspired by a painting in his school hallway of the seven continents’ highest summits.
“Every step I take is finally toward the biggest goal of my life, to stand on top of the world,” Jordan said earlier on his blog. The former record for the youngest climber to scale Everest had been held by Temba Tsheri of Nepal. He reached the peak at age 16.
Also on Saturday, officials said a Nepalese Sherpa who lives in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper broke his own world record by climbing Everest for the 20th time. Apa, who goes by one name, went up with fellow climbers on a mission also to collect garbage, a growing environmental problem on the mountain.
Jordan’s climbing team reached the peak hours earlier than expected.

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