Geologists acknowledge greater affinities of the mountains of Nepal and Tibet with those of New Zealand than with those of anywhere else. Mountaineers indeed attribute Sir Edmund Hillary’s and Tenzing Norgay’s record-breaking achievements to:
• The former’s extensive rock-climbing in the lands to the south of Down Under;
• The latter’s impressive slope-scaling throughout the adopted homelands of the Tibetan Sherpas.
Jordan Romero’s preparation contrastingly boasts:
• Practice sessions in his native California;
• Successive summits of six of the world’s eight highest peaks.
It therefore does not include dry runs in New Zealand. It does involve Oceania’s craggy rooftop views on:
• Continental Australia;
• Indonesia’s share of the island of New Guinea.
Everything gets detailed in “The Boy Who Conquered Everest.”