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13-year old returns to base camp after scaling Mt Everest

world Updated: May 23, 2010 20:25 IST

Jordan Romero, the 13-year-old American boy who became the youngest mountaineer to scale the Mount Everest, made a triumphant return to the advanced base camp in Tibet on Sunday, a day after reaching the highest peak.

Romero returned to the advanced base camp around 6 pm (local time), said the China Tibet Mountaineering Association, official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

Incidentally, a 16-year old Indian boy named Arjun Bajpayee also scaled the 8,848 metre peak on Saturday, but his feat was overturned by Romero hours later.

Romero hence broke the record of Bajpayee as well as Nepalese Sherpa Temba Tsheri, both of whom reached atop the peak at 16 years of age.

Romero had set off from Nepal's capital Kathmandu to climb the highest peak along with his father and step mother and descended on the Chinese side.

He earlier climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at the age of 10 and nourished the ambition to become the youngest person to climb the highest mountains on eight continents.

He has already climbed the highest peaks in six continents. His father and stepmother have been with him on all his mountain climbs.

"It's something I've always wanted to do before I die - I just happen to be doing it at this age. I happen to be going for a world record. But I just want to climb it," Romero was quoted in the media as saying before he set off to climb Mount Everest which is known as mount Qomolangma in Tibet.

He brushed off concerns over permitting somebody of his age to make the ascent, saying he will not take any unnecessary risks and will turn around if any problems arise.

His step-mother Leigh Ann Drake defended Romero's quest, saying that her son would be with his father the whole time.

She also said that Jordan was "not an adrenalin junkie".

"He's very quiet and focused and determined and he is not there to suffer loss. Everybody is very clear on this. Jordan's safety, from the top of his head to the tip of his toes, is everybody's number one priority," she told BBC earlier.

According to his mother, Jordan carried along his algebra book and some writing assignments" on his ascent.

"He's going to have some down-time in those tents," she said, "so why not take some books along?