Book Review of No Summit Out of Sight: Jordan Romero and the Climbing of the Eight Highest Mountains

by DerdriuMarriner

All seven continents host super-high mountains. It is a feat to summit all seven. California-born Jordan Romero remains the youngest to scale the eight highest summits by age 15.

Mountain-climbing attracts all ages and genders. Its appeal can be attested in modern times through:
• Audio-visuals;
• Cyber-sites;
• Exhibits;
• Lectures;
• Publications.

It also describes ancient activities what with discoveries in high places of:
• Frozen mummies such as Peru’s Inca Ice Maiden Juana;
• Remote habitations such as Peru’s Machu Picchu.

Its realization therefore draws theoretically upon likewise nimble -- but shorter-lived -- generations of prehistoric, undocumented, unrecognized trendsetters since senses of urgency regarding career paths and life choices similarly inspire precocious adventurers, artists, athletes, musicians, scientists, warriors, and writers in the Cyber and pre-Cyber Ages.
• The youngest-known climber of the world’s eight highest summits nevertheless remains California’s Jordan Romero (born July 12, 1996), for record-breaking climbs of 2006 - 2011.

View of Mount Elbrus from Gumbashi Pass: summited by Jordan Romero on July 11, 2007 ~ elevation = 18,510 feet (5,641.85 meters)

Western Caucasus Mountains,  Karachay-Cherkessia Republic, southwestern Russia
Western Caucasus Mountains, Karachay-Cherkessia Republic, southwestern Russia

 

Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America appear on lists of Planet Earth’s seven continents. Mountains are present on all continents. They configure difficult and easy, gentle and steep, high and low peaks and slopes. Mountain-climbers deem it an impressive accomplishment to scale each continent’s loftiest heights. That list gathers together:

  • Mount Aconcagua in the South American country of Argentina;
  • Mounts Cartensz Pyramid in the Australian / Oceanian country of Indonesia and Kosciuszko in Australia;
  • Mount Denali in the North American country of the United States;
  • Mount Elbrus in the European extension of Russia;
  • Mount Everest in the Asian country of Nepal;
  • Mount Kilimanjaro in the African country of Tanzania;
  • Mount Vinson in Antarctica.

 

Puncak Jaya, known as Carstensz Pyramid by Europeans, highest summit of Mount Carstensz: sixth of Seven Summits scaled by Jordan Romero ~ elevation = 16,024 feet (4,884.12 meters)

Sudirman Range, west central highlands, Papua Province, western New Guinea, Indonesia
Sudirman Range, west central highlands, Papua Province, western New Guinea, Indonesia

 

Jordan’s seven-continent mountain-climbing achievements cover five years, from July 22, 2006 through December 24, 2011. They date from his first such effort at age 10 and end with his last such endeavor at age 15. They do not begin with the lowest and most accessible elevations and work toward the highest and most remote heights. For example, the lowest of the seven sisters is on the Australian / Oceanian continent. Depending upon the classification scheme, options may involve one of two summits:

  • 7,310-foot (2,228.09-meter) Mount Kosciuszko in east Australia’s state of New South Wales;
  • 16,024-foot (4,884.12-meter) Mount Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia’s Papua Province on the island of New Guinea.

Both respectively represent Jordan’s second and sixth successes.

 

aerial view of Mount Kilimanjaro: first of Seven Summits scaled by Jordan Romero; elevation = 19,341 feet (5,895.14 meters)

Mount Kilimanjaro, northeastern Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro, northeastern Tanzania

 

Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the short story The Snows of Kilimanjaro published by Oak Park-born United Statesian author and journalist Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961). Southeast Africa’s and Tanzania’s most famous summit also emerges as ten-year-old Jordan’s debut seven-sister mountain-climbing experience. It furnishes mountain-climbers in general and Jordan in particular with the thrill of summiting at 19,341 feet (5,895.14 meters) above sea level. It has the honor of being the only one of the seven-sister mountains to be scaled by Jordan in 2006. Its solitary placement on the list of Jordan’s mountain-tackling visits is:

  • Offset by the pre-teenager’s three-in-one accomplishments in the following year, 2007;
  • Repeated in the youth’s one-per-year attainments, 2008 - 2011.

 

Aconcagua, viewed from Argentina, near Uspallata: summited by Jordan Romero on December 30, 2007 ~ elevation = 22,841-foot (6,961.94 meters)

Las Heras department, northwestern Mendoza Province, west central Argentina
Las Heras department, northwestern Mendoza Province, west central Argentina

 

The year 2007 assumes triple significance in mountaineering. It boasts Jordan’s scaling three mountains on three continents in three hemispheres:

  • The eastern and southern hemispheres’ Kosciuszko (“Table Top Mountain”) on April 5;
  • The northern hemisphere’s 18,510-foot (5,641.85-meter) Elbrus (Harā Bərəzaitī, “High Watchpost”) on July 11;
  • The southwestern hemisphere’s 22,841-foot (6,961.94-meter) Aconcagua on December 30.

It precedes scaling:

  • Denali (McKinley, “The High One”) at 20,320 feet (6,193.54 meters) above sea level on June 21, 2008;
  • Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid, “Victory Peak”) on September 2, 2009;
  • Sagarmāthā (Chomolungma, Everest, “Holy Mother,” Zhūmùlǎngmǎ Fēng) at 29,029 feet (8,848.04 meters) on May 22, 2010;
  • Vinson at 16,050 feet (4,892.04 meters) on December 24, 2011.

It prefigures more, not less, demanding agendas.

 

View of Vinson Massif from space: summited by Jordan Romero on December 24, 2011 ~ elevation = 16,050 feet (4,892.04 meters)

Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), aboard NASA’s Terra satellite:November 15, 2002
Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), aboard NASA’s Terra satellite:November 15, 2002

 

How are such attainments possible in a sunny Californian’s pre-teen and teen years? Task completion can be foreseen in:

  • Admiring third-grade murals of the Seven Summits;
  • Being encouraged by his mother LeighAnne Drake and sister Makaela;
  • Dominating alpine and freestyle skiing, bicycle motocrossing (BMX), downhill (DH) mountain-biking, rock-jumping, skateboarding, snowshoeing, stand-up paddling;
  • Occupying hypoxic (hemoglobin- and oxygenated red blood cell-stimulating, high-altitude) tents;
  • Pacing heavier gear;
  • Researching cuisines, cultures, geographies, histories, languages, politics.

It is guaranteed with:

  • A father, Paul, being a critical-care flight paramedic proficient in adventure-racing and mountain-climbing and specialized in high-altitude medicine, physiology, rescue;
  • A stepmother, Karen Lundgren, excelling at adventure-racing, mountain-scaling, personal-training, trouble-shooting, video-recording;
  • Talismans including Grandfather’s cross, monk-blessed rice and seeds, prayer necklace.

 

San Bernardino National Forest: View east from Butler Peak Lookout Tower

Jordan Romero lives in Big Bear Lake, located on south shore of Big Bear Lake and surrounded by San Bernardino National Forest: great training ground for outdoor sports.
San Bernardino National Forest

 

Jordan’s lifestyle preceding and succeeding his standing atop Earth’s loftiest points with Karen and Paul emphasizes:

  • Family;
  • Friends;
  • Nature;
  • Sports;
  • Studies.

He exhibits the same organizational skills which make him the world’s youngest climber of:

  • Aconcagua;
  • Carstensz;
  • Elbrus;
  • Everest;
  • Kilimanjaro.

He has such post-Everest achievements as:

  • Authoring autobiographies, with Katherine Blanc in 2010 and Linda LeBlanc in 2014;
  • Driving;
  • Giving inspirational lectures;
  • Graduating;
  • Starting undergraduate studies at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He also intends to climb every state’s highest mountains. He is off to an impressive start with such mountaineering in 2012 as:

  • Maine’s 5,269-foot (1,605.99-meter) Mount Katahdin;
  • New Hampshire’s 6,288-foot (1,916.58-meter) Mount Washington;
  • Utah’s 13,528-foot (4,123.33-meter) Kings Peak;
  • Vermont’s 4,393-foot (1,338.99-meter) Mount Mansfield.

 

Jordan Romero at the summit of the Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia

Jordan Romero

Conclusion

 

Record-breakers attract attention for inspirational and practical reasons. They give hints of horizons widened by:

  • Unknown, unsuspected possibilities;
  • Updated information, interpretations, measurements.

They have as one of their most uplifting impacts the power to encourage similar achievements. They indicate that it still is possible to have and realize dreams. Such is the case with:

  • Jordan Romero;
  • His father Paul Romero;
  • His stepmother Karen Lundgren.

Jordan may be super-famous for scaling the world’s highest mountains as:

  • Precocious pre-teen;
  • Prescient teen.

But Karen and Paul also model record-breaking achievements as the adventure racing world’s Team Sole. All three additionally represent the first family to summit the world’s highest mountains together, as documented by Jordan’s and Linda’s “must-buy, must-read” book.

 

Jordan Romero

Uploaded to YouTube on October 11, 2010 by sportstalk4kids ~ URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5CdSU7sGpQ

Acknowledgment

 

My special thanks to:

  • Talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the Internet;
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for superior on-campus and on-line resources.

 

Jordan Romero Climb Mt Aconcaqua

Uploaded to YouTube on January 2, 2010 by rootscalifa ~ URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1f8HS8NKU

Mount Denali: summited by Jordan Romero on June 21, 2008 ~ elevation = 20,320 feet (6,193.54 meters)

Denali National Park and Preserve, south central Alaska
Denali National Park and Preserve, south central Alaska

Sources Consulted

 

Blanc, Katherine; and Romero, Jordan. 2010. The Boy Who Conquered Everest: The Jordan Romero Story. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House.

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Daily Mail Reporter. 26 December 2011. “On Top of the World: Teenager, 15, Becomes Youngest Ever to Climb the Tallest Peaks on Each Continent … and His Last One Was in Antarctica.” Daily Mail Online: News. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved November 12, 2014.

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View of North Face of Mount Everest from Rongbuk Monastery: scaled by Jordan Romero on May 22, 2010 ~ elevation = 29,029 feet (8,848.04 meters)

Shigatse Prefecture, south central Tibet Autonomous Region, southwestern China
Shigatse Prefecture, south central Tibet Autonomous Region, southwestern China
the end which is also the beginning
the end which is also the beginning

The Boy Who Conquered Everest: The Jordan Romero Story by Katherine Blanc with Jordan Romero

Jordan Romero was a regular 9 year old boy. He loved BMX biking, listening to music, hanging out with his friends and family, and studying nature and reptiles. Then one day Jordan spotted a map of the tallest mountains on Earth's seven continents.
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No Summit Out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits by Jordan Romero with Linda LeBlanc

Jordan Romero climbed Mount Everest at age thirteen -- and he didn’t stop there. In this inspiring young adult memoir, he tells how he achieved such great heights.
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DerdriuMarriner on 11/17/2014

Mira, Yes, imagine that: Kilimanjaro at 10! Kids are capable of amazing feats.

Mira on 11/16/2014

Climbed Kilimanjaro at 10. Unbelievable. Thanks for an interesting article!

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