This weekend, 15-year-old climber Jordan Romero reached the summit of Vinson Massif in Antarctica to complete a world record breaking journey that he started 6-years ago. Romero is the youngest climber to reach the summit the of the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.
Before heading to Vinson Massif, Romero wrote on his blog:
“It’s my dream we are following to the highest points on every continent. I know it’s a big goal and lucky for me my family is supporting me every step of the way.”
Romero and his team are currently descending from the mountain. A post on Jordan Romero’s website reads:
“It’s in the books. The kid and team summit with all fingers and toes. Descent still to come. Then we celebrate.
Jordan’s father Pete recorded a message at the summit, saying:
“Legendary day. Team’s absolutely strong as it can be. The mountain gods let us climb on top of Mt Vinson. The team climbed absolutely flawlessly – perfect teamwork.”
The BBC reports that Vinson Massif was the final mountain on Romero’s ambitious list. Here are the 7 mountains that Romero climbed to break the record previously held by British climber George Atkinson, who climbed all 7 mountains at the age of 16.
- Africa – Mt Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft)
- Antarctica – Vinson Massif (16,050 ft)
- Australia – Mt Kosciuszko (7,310 ft)
- Oceania – Carstensz Pyramid (16,024 ft)
- Asia – Mt Everest (29,035 ft)
- Europe – Mt Elbrus (18,510 ft)
- North America – Mt McKinley (20,320 ft)
- South America – Aconcagua (22,841 ft)
What do you think Jordan Romero’s next climbing challenge should be?