Thursday, January 29, 2009

Outside Interviews Jordan Romero


I'm not sure why Jordan Romero is suddenly getting a lot of press, but the kid seems to be everywhere in recent days. I first wrote about him way back in December of 2006 when he climbed Kilimanjaro, but now that he's got his sights firmly set on the Seven Summits, he seems to be on a press tour or something.

The latest blog to write on Jordan is over at Outside Online where they interview the 12-year old as he prepares to go for his final three mountains in his Seven Summits quest. Having already taken care of Denali, Elbrus, Aconcagua, and Kosciuszko, in addition to Kili, that leaves him with just Carstensz Pyramid, Vinson, and Everest.

The interview notes that Jordan still needs to raise about $180,000 to complete these last three climbs, the bulk of which will go to Everest and Vinson. In order to raise the money, Jordan sells t-shirts and was recently awarded a Polartec Grant to help him in his quest.

You've got to hand it to the kid, he's very dedicated to achieving his goal of becoming the youngest person to ever climb the Seven Summits, and he seems to really love being in the mountains. If he does indeed achieve his dream by the age of 14 as the interview suggests, how does he follow that up with an encore? More 8000m peaks? By the way, he has until he's 18 to actually break the current record, so six years to claim the three remaining mountains.

7 comments:

Tom UK said...

He says he's confused whether Oceania is part of Australia - presumably he means the other way round and yes it most definitely is - i don't get the worry there. Anyone??

Adventure Junkie said...

Well, not sure why he would be confused on that topic, but the fact that the Seven Summits has grown to eight is a bit confusing for some. Kosciuszko being the tallest mountain on the continent of Australia was the traditional one to include, but others later expanded it to include "Oceania" which brought Carstensz Pyramid into the mix.

It makes for an odd explanation when telling people about the seven summits, but most people now do both to cover their bases.

Tom UK said...

But Oceana (often called Australasia) is one of the Seven continents and Australia is a part of it. Seems simple to me!

Adventure Junkie said...

Well, Oceania is relatively new for being considered a "continent". When the Seven Summits were first conceived up back in the mid 80's, it was Australia on it's own. That's kind of changed in recent years, and in reference to the Seven Summits, it's definitely accepted that Oceania is, at the very least, a region, if not a continent, and is more encompassing for sure. The old model left out New Zealand and a lot of islands, obviously.

Belgian Adventurer said...

The definition of the 7 summits is: highest mountain of each continent. (I don't really agree that there are 7 continents (N and S America = 1 continent to me))

but I can't get how they in the past thought Kosciusko was the highest. is someone thinks australia is a continent then what's the rest ? (NZ + all pacific islands ?)

Maybe back in the 80ies they didn't know about carstenz piramid or they left it out as it's a technical one apparently.

anyway, to me it's carstenz piramid and not kosciusko. This mountain is just a big hill. I ran to the top and came back down in 2h30. You can go up there in a wheelchair !

Another challenge in Australia is the climb of the highest mountain of each state/territory:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mountains_in_Australia
but there's even a 9th summit: mawson peak (see below on wikipedia)

I think no one has done the 9 summits. I only have 4 of em.

Adventure Junkie said...

Yeah, Kosciusko is definitely just a "walk-up" mountain, and you have to use the term "mountain" rather loosely. I think that most people accept that Carstensz is the peak they have to go after for the "true" Seven Summits, although most do both since Kosciusko is not very challenging to begin with.

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