World's youngest mountaineer back from highest peak

09:30, May 24, 2010      

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Jordan Romero, a 13-year-old Californian boy and the world's youngest mountaineer who successfully surmounted the world highest mountain Qomolangma, returned to the advanced base camp (ABC) at around 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the China Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA).

Sonam Wangchen, base camp mountaineering head of the CTMA Himalayan Expedition, told Xinhua that Romero's team have tried to scale the summit from 7,500 meters Saturday, and it took 14 hours for them to reach the peak 8,844 meters above sea level.

Romero's teammates include his father, his father's girlfriend, and three sherpas, who also reached the top.

"I summited at 9:45 am on 22 (Saturday)" Jordan Romero told Xinhua over satellite phone Sunday at ABC, which is 6,500 meters above sea level.

The Romero team safely returned to camp 2, 7,790 meters above sea level Saturday and camped there one night. Leaving camp 2 at 12:00 p.m. Sunday, the team arrived at the advanced base camp around 6:00 p.m.

"I feel really good, no problem at all," Romero said. "It is all about an experience, and I am glad to be back to the advanced base camp safely."

"I just want to say that nothing is impossible, and age does not matter, and I want to inspire more people and let them get out of the door," Romero said.

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