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13-Year-Old Summits Carstensz Pyramid

Jordan Romero, the 13-year-old boy looking to be the youngest Seven Summits climber, stands atop Australia/Oceania

Jordan Romero, the 13-year-old boy from California who aspires to be the youngest person to conquer the Seven Summits (featured in “Higher Education” in BACKPACKER’s September issue, on newstands now), just climbed Carstensz Pyramid in Papua New Guinea, putting him one step closer to his goal. Now Romero just has to tackle (gulp) Antarctica’s Mt. Vinson and Asia’s Everest.

The announcement came via his blog, where someone who identifies himself as “Patrick” from Adventure Indonesia (their guide service, we’re guessing) shared the news in rambling, semi-broken, but clearly ecstatic English:

The poster also offered a quasi-quote from Jordan himself pre-climb:

Congratulations, Jordan. Rest well, and take a big, deep breath when you get back—you’ve still got three years to tackle Vinson and Everest and still make the record for youngest person on the Seven Summits. No pressure, yo.

—Ted Alvarez

Jordan successfully reaches the summit of Carstensz Pyramid (JordanRomero.com)