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13-Year-Old SoCal Boy Who Climbed Mt. Everest Has One More Summit Left on his List

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Speaking of recent news about Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old Thousand Oaks resident who tried to sail around the world alone, the 13-year-old Big Bear teen who became the youngest person to climb Mount Everest last month has returned stateside. "We trained hard for it and that's what it takes to climb Mount Everest," Jordan Romero told reporters earlier this week. "I don't recommend it to all young kids but I do tell them to find their own Everest, work hard for the goal they set out to do, live their dreams and go for it."

For Romero, Everest at 29,029 feet was not the end of his big adventures as he still has the coldest mountain in the world to climb: the 16,067-foot Mount Vinson Massif in Antarctica will complete his quest to summit the tallest mountain on each continent. Other major mountains Romero has peaked are Kilimanjaro (Africa, 19,340 ft.), Kosciusko (Australia, 7,310 ft.), Elbrus (Europe/Russia, 18,510 ft.), Aconcagua (South America, 22,834 ft.), Denali (North America, 20,320 ft.) and Carstensz Pyramid (Indonesia, 16,023 ft.).

If you want to stay local in your summit climbs, check out Sandstone Peak, the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains at 3,111 feet.