Cho Oyu is youngest Everesters next stop


KATHMANDU: The 13-year-old American boy, who became the youngest person to climb Mount Everest, announced plans today for an ascent later this year of Mount Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest peak.

Jordan Romero, from Big Bear, California, told reporters today in Kathmandu that he plans to climb the 8,201-metre peak during the autumn climbing season. Cho Oyu straddles the Nepal-China border. Nepal prohibits people under the age of 16 from climbing high mountain peaks, but there is no such restriction in China. Romero scaled the 8,850-metre Mount Everest last weekend from the northern side of the peak in China. He arrived in Nepal on Wednesday.

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 — 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.

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