While most 15 year olds waited for Santa, Jordan Romero unwrapped his place in the record books.
At 12:57pm Antarctica time on Dec. 24, the young teen filed a GPS check-in at the summit of Mt. Vinson Massif, the tallest mountain in Antarctica. It was the seventh of the legendary “Seven Summits” Romero scaled, and all before he’s old enough to drive a car in his native California.
First, Romero climbed Kiliminjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, when he was just 10 years old. Then he summited Kosciuszko in Australia, Elbrus in Europe, Aconcagua in South America, Denali in North America, and the Carstensz Pyramid in Oceana. In May 2010, Romero reached the peak of Mt. Everest, becoming the youngest climber to ever scale the tallest mountain in the world. Now he’s the youngest climber to ever reach the seven (actually, it’s eight) summits.