23 May 2010

US boy becomes youngest to climb Everest

8:00 am on 23 May 2010

A 13-year-old American boy has become the youngest person ever to reach the summit of Mt Everest, according to his website.

"The team just called in and confirmed that they are standing on top of Mount Everest - the highest peak in the world. Their dreams have now come true," said the statement on Jordan Romero's website.

"Everyone sounded unbelievably happy. They also thanked everyone who supported them and encouraged them throughout their journey."

Jordan climbed to the top of the world's highest mountain from the Tibetan side, since Nepal has a minimum age limit on climbers.

The 13-year-old was accompanied by his father and four others, the ABC reports.

The previous record was held by a 16-year-old Nepalese Sherpa.

Scores of supporters posted congratulations on his website, but the expedition has also attracted criticism from mountaineers, some of whom said he was too young to undertake such a dangerous climb.

Hundreds of people have died trying to climb Mount Everest, with many succumbing to altitude sickness or accidents.

The route the teenager and his father and stepmother took is also notorious for avalanches and high winds.