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Challenge the Extreme, Conquer the Summits
       When Jordan Romero was nine years old, he became completely enthralled by a wall painting at his school, “Seven Summits of the World,” and determined to accomplish the feat of conquering the mountains. He received ample encouragement from his father and step-mother, both mountain lovers, and learned to talk to the mountains as if they were his best friends, to become closely acquainted with the mountains in the humblest way, to understand them, to derive from them the principles of Mother Nature and the source of happiness.
      On December 24th, 2011, fifteen year-old Jordan, who differed from the millions of other kids on Earth that celebrated the season with partying and feasting, chose to commemorate his own Christmas by conquering the 4892 meter highest peak of Antarctica—Mount Vincon Massif, in order to complete his project of climbing the “Seven Summits” around the world, and become the youngest challenger ever to hold that title. After accomplishing this amazing feat, he immediately set on a journey giving talks for the “Fervent Global Love of Lives,” to share his experience of conquering the highest summits of the Earth, and to encourage the youth of the world to persist in the determination to attain their dreams. He is a true “Warrior of the Mountaintop.”
 
9 Years—making a wish before the “Seven Summits of the World” wall painting
      Jordan Romero was born on July 12th, 1996 in the State of California, U.S.A. When he was in third grade in elementary school, he became intrigued by the newly finished wall painting of “Seven Summits of the World” at his school, and accordingly began reading library books about the biological environments of the seven summits, and to browse the Internet for the latest information on the world’s Seven Highest Peaks. He furthermore shared with his teachers and classmates his dreams of climbing the seven summits of the world.
      One day, when he came home after school, he couldn’t help but ask his father, “May I, one day, climb the seven summits of the world?” and his father replied, “Yes, of course!”
      That day, he promised himself that he would one day conquer the “seven summits of the world.”
      Jordan woke every morning at 4 am to jog for 10,000 m, so that he may train his durability, his stamina, his willpower, and to challenge life to the extreme.

10 Years—Conquering Africa’s Highest Peak
      In July of 2006, Jordan followed in the footsteps of his predecessors, and took on a relatively shorter but more angled mountain-climbing route. After three days and nights of consecutive climbing, he finally stood atop Mt. Kilimanjaro, which stands at 5895 m to become the youngest person ever in the world to reach its summit. This was also his first step towards his project of conquering all seven summits on the seven continents of the Earth. That same year, he reached the summit of the highest peak on the continent of Australia—Mt. Kosciuszko as part of his training in challenging the highest peak of them all.
      Soon after that, on July 11th of 2007, the day before his eleventh birthday, Jordan conquered the highest summit of Europe—Mt. Elbrus, which stands at 5642 m, and once again broke the world record for the youngest person ever to successfully reach its summit.


11 Years—Challenging South America’s Highest Peak
      When Jordan tried to challenge the highest peak in the world except for Mt. Everest—South America’s highest peak, the 6962 meter high Mt. Aconcagua of Argentina, he encountered an unexpected roadblock. According to Argentinean law, mountain climbers must be at least 15 years of age to receive a permit, and he was only 11. Far from being discouraged, he worked through diplomatic channels, attended the Argentinean local court, and finally received a court ruling that allowed him to challenge the summit
      In December of 2007, Jordan hiked for two days to reach the Plaza de Mulas, then, as usual, carried his own tent, food, sleeping bag, essentially everything he needed to reach to summit, and went all the way to the top with other mountain climbers. He remembers that at the time, new snow was just falling, and wind speeds were up to 100 km per hour. He woke up early, and went for 4 hours straight in the snow and wind. Everyone along the way had given up sooner or later, but Jordan persisted. An hour before reaching the summit, the weather suddenly cleared up, and he realized that he who helps himself would be helped by others, and that was how he successfully conquered the second highest peak of the world after Mt. Everest—South America’s highest peak, the 6962 m high Mt. Aconcagua of Argentina, thereby breaking yet another record for the youngest person ever to reach this summit.
      Not long after, in June of 2008, his conquered the highest peak of North America, the 6194 m high Mt. McKinley. In September of 2009, he took on at one go the 4884 m high highest peak in Oceania, Mt. Carstensz.

13 Years—Standing on the Very Top and Rocking the World
      In May of 2010, Jordan went for 52 days living in iciest extremity of the earth without bathing, and amid the wonder and amazement of the entire world, became at 13 years old, the youngest youth ever to successfully conquer the highest mountain in the world, the 8848 m high Mt. Everest. For him, as he always says with great humbleness, “mountains, especially the highest mountain in the world, teaches us that mountains are never conquered. Instead, it is the courage that is higher than a mountain that allows us to exceed our own limitations, and to overcome every difficult obstacle we ever encounter in our lives.”

15 Years—Completing the “Seven Summits”
      On December 24th, 2011, Jordan reached the summit of the 4892 m high Mt. Vincon Massif, Antarctica’s highest peak, and completed his tremendous project of conquering the “Seven Summits,” and became the youngest record holder for accomplishing this amazing feat.
      Summertime in Antarctica is perpetual day, and the mountain climbing team including Jordan and his father Paul Romero and stepmother Karen Lundgren started on the journey to the summit on December 21st, 2011. Upon reaching it, Jordan Romero called his biological mother, Leigh Ann Drake, to tell her of the successful challenge. American amateur mountaineer Dick Bass in 1985, and until today, only 270 people have successfully followed his footsteps.
      The most touching thing about Jordan’s accomplishments is that, even after he conquered the Seven Summits, he became more humble, more down-to-earth, and generously accepted invitations from schools in all 50 states of the U.S. and around the world to share his experiences in completing his wonderful project. How do the youth of the world find their very own Mt. Everest? This is a reaching out to all the young people of the globe to live courageously, healthfully, and lovingly.