KATAHDIN — Jordan Romero, a 15-year-old mountaineer and the youngest person to climb Mount Everest, is climbing Mount Katahdin on Tuesday, June 26, despite the stormy weather. The hike to Maine’s tallest peak will kick off his 50-state hiking tour, “Find Your Everest.”
“The Find Your Everest Tour is about you. It’s about getting outdoors, being healthy, doing things as a family and setting goals,” according to Romero’s official website, www.jordanromero.com. To spread the message, “Team Jordan” is highpointing the 50 states — climbing the highest peak in each — and visiting communities along the way, inviting people to climb with them.
“I think they have a rainy ascent of Mount Katahdin today, and I think that’s what they were expecting when they pulled into the campground yesterday,” said Clay Abney, Romero’s public relations agent on Tuesday afternoon. “They’ve climbed Everest, so I don’t think a little rain is going to stop them from going up Katahdin. I think it’s a moot point.”
Jordan Romero, who lives in Big Bear Lake, Calif., is climbing Katahdin with his father, Paul Romero, and his stepmother, Karen Lundgren. Both have accompanied him on all of his major climbs.
Together, the three have climbed to the Seven Summits, the tallest peaks on all seven continents.
Jordan Romero was 10 years old and he hiked to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet in elevation), the highest point of Africa. He then hiked Russia’s Mount Elbrus (18,510 feet) and South America’s Mount Aconcagua (22,841 feet) in 2007; the United State’s Mount KcKinley (20,320 feet) in 2008; Australia’s Mount Carstensz Pyramid (16,024 feet) in 2009; and Mount Everest (29,029 feet) in 2010, when he was 13 years old.
The journey ended with Vinson Massif (16,050 feet in elevation) in Antarctica on Christmas Eve of 2011. On that day, Jordan Romero became the youngest climber in the world to compete the Seven Summits, at the age of 15 years, 5 months and 12 days.
“They’re looking to ski to the poles later this year and early next year,” Abney said.
Jordan Romero arrived in Maine on Sunday, and visited Mount Desert Island on Monday, where he talked with families at the Mount Desert Island YMCA, went stand-up paddleboarding and spent time enjoying the island.
He will leave Maine to hike Mount Washington, N.H., on Wednesday. From there, he’ll travel to Vermont to hike Mt. Mansfield on Thursday. Tour dates will be updated regularly on www.jordanromero.com and on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Find-Your-Everest/324335447580136.