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Homecoming festivities planned in Big Bear Lake for youngest person to summit Mt. Everest

June 9, 2010 | 11:52 am

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Thirteen-year-old Jordan Romero will enjoy a big homecoming Wednesday in Big Bear Lake to celebrate the achievement of his dream to become the youngest person to summit Mt. Everest.

The eighth-grader, who will graduate from Big Bear Middle School this summer, reached the top of the world’s highest mountain May 22. Joining him on the climb were three sherpas; his father Paul Romero, a flight medic and experienced mountaineer; and his father’s girlfriend, Karen Lundgren, also an adventure racer and mountaineer.

Jordan’s love of climbing began in the fourth grade.

159136.ME.0609.Romero.2.GMF “He was inspired by a mural he saw in elementary school when he was nine years old,” his father said Wednesday before rushing off to a surprise assembly for Jordan at his middle school.

The festivities will be followed by a fair Wednesday afternoon and dinner.

On his blog, Jordan said it was his dream to climb the seven summits of the world. He scaled his first peak at age 10. Mt. Everest marked the seventh.

His next goal is Mt. Vinson Massif in Antarctica, the coldest place on Earth.

“We’ve trained our minds for the difficulties and emotions that the mountain will give to us,” he wrote on the blog. “We’ve trained our bodies for the physical challenges that the mountain will share. We’ve opened our souls to the mountain, the history, the culture and the rituals that surround the climb.”

-- Ching-Ching Ni

Photos: (Top) Jordan Romero,13, of Big Bear Lake waves the American flag following a news conference welcoming him home after he became the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest. (Bottom) Romero with his father, Paul Romero, and his father's girlfriend, Karen Lundgren, who both climbed to the summit with him. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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