Youngest Everest climber sets new goal

May 27, 2010 6:58:42 AM PDT
The 13-year-old American boy who became the youngest person to climb Mount Everest has announced another ambitious plan. Jordan Romero, from Big Bear, Calif., has told reporters in Katmandu that he plans to ascend Mount Cho Oyu, the world's sixth highest peak, during the autumn climbing season. Cho Oyu, which straddles the Nepal-China border, has a 26,906-foot peak.

Nepal prohibits people under the age of 16 from climbing high mountain peaks, but there's no such restriction in China. Romero scaled the 29,035-foot Mount Everest last weekend from the northern side of the peak in China. He arrived in Nepal yesterday.

Romero is on a quest to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, and plans to scale the final one on his list -- the 16,076-foot 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.


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