Youngest Everest climber sets new goal

2010-05-27 13:47

The 13-year-old American boy who became the youngest person to

climb Mount Everest has announced plans for an ascent later this year of Mount

Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth-highest peak.

Jordan Romero, from Big Bear, California, told reporters in

Katmandu that he plans to climb the 8?201 metre peak during the autumn climbing

season. Cho Oyu straddles the Nepal-China border.

The Nepalese government prohibits climbers under the age of 16 from

climbing high mountain peaks, but there is no such restriction in China.

Romero

scaled the 8?850 metre high Mount Everest last weekend from the northern side of

the peak in China.

He left the mountain and arrived in Nepal yesterday.

Romero is on a quest to climb the highest mountain of each of the

seven continents, and plans to scale the final one on his list – the 4?900 metre

Vinson Massif in Antarctica – during the winter.

Cho Oyu, considered one of the

easier climbs among the world’s highest mountains, is not on that list.

Romero said the Everest expedition went smoothly despite the team

battling with high winds.

“I definitely do encourage younger people to go big.

I encourage

other people to climb Everest and especially younger children just to go big,”

Romero said.

He said one of the difficulties was moving across the rocky surface

near the summit.

Climbers have complained recently that melting glacial ice has

exposed a rocky surface, making it difficult to move with crampons best suited

for ice.

Rising temperatures on the mountain due to global warming have been

blamed for the melting ice.

Romero said he wanted to motivate young people.

“I am doing this to

set an example for them and try to motivate them to get outdoors and set goals.”


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