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Big Bear Teen Completes Summit Challenge

Jordan Romero called home over the weekend to say he climbed the tallest peak in Antarctica



    A Big Bear teen became the youngest person to climb the summits of the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents when he made it to the peak of Mount Vinson Massif  during the weekend.

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    He was waiting for a flight out of base camp early Monday after the cold 16,000-foot climb. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for his interview with "Today."

    "It's definitely a freezing cold mountain," said Romero, 15. "But we've had some days where it has been 30 degrees. And here, 30 degrees is pretty warm."

    Romero's climb began Wednesday. He called home Saturday to tell his family that he made it to the summit, breaking the record held by British climber George Atkinson, who was 16 when he completed the seven climbs.

    Romero's Seven Summits Challenge began about six years ago.

    "I'm feeling great," Romero said. "I'm excited to have completed my goal. This is something that I want to pass along to other kids and inspire them to achieve any goal."

    Romero climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa at age 10 before moving on to Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, at age 13. He also climbed Russia’s Mount Elbrus, Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua, the United States’ Mount McKinley, and Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid.

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