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« on: May 22, 2010, 05:45:33 AM »

13-year-old scales Mount Everest
Last Updated: Saturday, May 22, 2010 | 12:36 AM ET The Associated Press

A 13-year-old American has become the youngest climber to reach the top of Mount Everest.

A spokesman for Jordan Romero says the teen's team called him by satellite phone from the summit of the world's highest mountain 8,850 metres above sea level.

"Their dreams have now come true. Everyone sounded unbelievably happy," a new statement on Romero's blog said Saturday morning.

The teenager with long curly hair — who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa when he was 10 years old — says he was inspired by a painting in his school 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," Romero said on his blog earlier.

The previous record for the youngest climber to scale Everest was held by Temba Tsheri of Nepal. He reached the peak at age 16.

"I'm just very proud of him," Romero's mother Leigh Anne Drake told The Associated Press by telephone just before he reached the peak, as she watched his progress on a live GPS tracker online.

When asked what she would say to him once he reached the summit, she started crying. "I can't really say that. It's just emotional."

The teenager, from Big Bear, Calif., was climbing Everest with his father, his father's girlfriend and three Sherpa guides. He left for the peak from the base camp on the Chinese side.

Everest was Romero's first challenge above 8,000 metres.

Unlike neighbouring Nepal, the other approach to Everest, China has no age limit for climbers. Romero registered with Chinese officials in April, said Zhang Mingxing of the China Tibet Mountaineering Association.

No interview with the young record-holder would be possible until he returns to advance base camp, which could take several days, said Rob Bailey, the U.S.-based spokesman for the climbing team.

Climbers stay overnight at three or four camps before the summit, depending on their route and pace.

Romero was carrying a number of lucky charms, including a pair of kangaroo testicles given to him by a friend who has cancer.

"That's the one that probably meant the most. I know it might sound odd," Bailey said.

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2010, 06:03:08 AM »

I am feeling a bit old too.  Buggedout

What does bother me about this ascent (congratulations to the young man) are those kangaroo testicles he carried with him on his ascent. Somewhere in Australia, there is a poor old kangaroo whimpering in pain.  Buggedout Buggedout Buggedout Wink
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2010, 09:14:55 AM »

There's a conversation-stopping phrase for you: kangaroo eunuchs - or is it eunuch kangaroos?  (Sounds like something from the 'neverending story' thread  Wink )
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2010, 09:17:47 AM »

There's a conversation-stopping phrase for you: kangaroo eunuchs - or is it eunuch kangaroos?  (Sounds like something from the 'neverending story' thread  Wink )

 TeddyR TeddyR

I've got Rolf Harris singing Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport in my head now. I guess they would have to tie it down to cut off.........no, I can't continue.  Buggedout Wink
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2010, 10:03:31 AM »

Romero was carrying a number of lucky charms, including a pair of kangaroo testicles given to him by a friend who has cancer.

Jeez, wasn't too lucky for the kangaroo   TeddyR
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2010, 01:16:14 PM »

Sad in so many ways:

There's a kangaroo out there walking funny for life and a person who has reached his peak at a such very young age. Can you imagine being 13 and knowing it is all downhill from there?
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2010, 08:22:46 AM »

I wonder if we can expect this prodigy to go to new heights?

Sorry. Had to say it.
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2010, 10:51:55 AM »

I wonder if we can expect this prodigy to go to new heights?

Sorry. Had to say it.
I really wish you could have risen above such awful puns Newt.

Btw, I've heard somewhere once theres dead bodies frozen in time on Everest from many people who previously tried the hike.  Is that true?
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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2010, 10:54:01 AM »

Actually let me answer my own question...
http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/dead-everest1.htm
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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2010, 04:19:00 AM »

a 13 year old kid climbs mt. everest,

and I can't talk myself into climbing a ladder to clean out the gutters.
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