Youngest Everest climber hopes to inspire kids


BEIJING (AP) -- The youngest climber to scale Mt. Everest says he hopes his achievement will encourage young people worldwide to dream big.

Thirteen-year-old Jordan Romero says standing on top of the world is the best feeling imaginable.

The California eighth-grader reached the summit of the 29,000-foot peak on Saturday. His team included his father, stepmother and three Sherpa guides.

Before him, the youngest climber to scale Everest had been Temba Tsheri of Nepal, who reached the peak at age 16.

With his conquest of Everest, only the 16,076-foot Vinson Massif in Antarctica remains for Jordan to reach his goal of climbing the tallest peaks on the seven continents. Jordan completed his first expedition toward his quest at the age of 10, when he successfully climbed Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro.

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