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Re: 13 year old nears Everest's summit
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2010, 08:27:06 AM »
yeah, this has been all over the news recently. I'm kind of surprised that this is happening actually. not really sure that a 13 year old is really capable of dealing with what can happen. not that every adult could I understand... still, what happens if he has a serious problem? are people going to go to exceptional efforts to save him as opposed to what could happen if he were an adult? or what if the person he is with has a problem... he is climbing with his father and his father's girlfriend. what if something happens to one of them, how would he react? how about if something happened to him, what would they do? would they take risks that they would normally not take if he were an adult friend?  lots of questions here...

"The record holder for youngest climber is Temba Tsheri of Nepal, who reached the summit at the age of 16. Tsheri lost five fingers to frostbite."

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Re: 13 year old nears Everest's summit
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2010, 09:08:50 AM »
Yah...I am not sure how I feel about this one. Seems aweful young to me.   :-\
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Re: 13 year old nears Everest's summit
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2010, 11:31:36 AM »
Recently there was a good article in Outside on this kid and the pursuit of 'being the youngest to...'

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Re: 13 year old nears Everest's summit
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2010, 01:38:30 PM »
You can track their progress live on his website (via GPS):

http://www.jordanromero.com/

Looks like they are working between base camp and camp 1.....

13 is young.....


« Last Edit: April 27, 2010, 01:46:28 PM by dpen »

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Re: 13 year old nears Everest's summit
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2010, 04:53:58 PM »
Funny I remember when we reported on climbs after we'd done them! I hope he's successful, for his sake, but liked it better when climbing was shared after the deed was done; and you don't have to tell me I'm an old fart, I know it already!

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Re: 13 year old nears Everest's summit
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2010, 05:27:34 PM »
Thanks for the link Dave...and Jeff...I know exactly where you are coming from on that one.  :-\
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Re: 13 year old nears Everest's summit
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2010, 07:33:08 AM »
Magin there will be a real stink on this one if the kid gets hurt. High altitude climbing is beyond the pale on the danger factor.. Kid could be cranking 5.14 and all he would have to worry about is tendonitis and maby a sprained ankle.  That high altitude stuff is gaurenteed to mess you up. It ain't if something goes wrong, its when.....

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Re: 13 year old nears Everest's summit
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2010, 09:08:55 AM »
That high altitude stuff is gaurenteed to mess you up. It ain't if something goes wrong, its when.....

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Re: 13 year old nears Everest's summit
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2010, 09:18:46 AM »

Looks like they are working between base camp and camp 1.....


I have zero high experience, excluding post climb recreation, but it seems that nearing the summit would be a ways from camp 1.
This one is a mainstream media disaster waiting to happen.  I really hope not. A little more humility might be appropriate on their part.

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Re: 13 year old nears Everest's summit
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2010, 09:47:02 AM »
 "A little more humility might be appropriate on their part."

Humility won't get you sponsers.  Sad but true.

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Re: 13 year old nears Everest's summit
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2010, 09:55:20 AM »
When was the last time Everest was "climbed" ? '89 ?

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Re: 13 year old nears Everest's summit
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2010, 11:23:59 AM »
When was the last time Everest was "climbed" ? '89 ?

Good point Strandman...maybe a bit before?!??  :-\
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Re: 13 year old nears Everest's summit
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2010, 12:25:31 PM »
Pretty sure that camp 1 is still just trecking but going high on the mountain is probobly a different beast even with all the fixed ropes etc.

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Re: 13 year old nears Everest's summit
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2010, 05:24:34 PM »
I think Webster et al was '88/89 with only 4 people. The Poles did it "naked" 40 hours around the same time. I don't know, last time I saw a video, ropes were fixed to the South Summit. 

I'm sure it's still a struggle etc, but... kinda like jugging the Nose ?