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Everest Teen Eyes New Mountain

Thursday, 27 May 2010 08:28 AM

KATHMANDU — The youngest person ever to reach the summit of Everest said Thursday all he could think about during the climb was a hot shower -- and revealed plans to ski down the world's sixth-highest peak.

Thirteen-year-old Jordan Romero from California reached the top of Everest early Saturday, accompanied by his father Paul.

On Thursday he said he planned to follow the feat by climbing Mount Cho Oyu -- which at 8,201 metres (26,906 feet) is the world's sixth-highest mountain -- and then skiing down it.

"There's a welcome home party my mum has organised waiting for me back home and she's bought me a trampoline to train on for my next ski down Cho Oyu," Jordan told journalists in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.

Cho Oyu is in the Himalayas and lies on the Nepal-China border, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of Everest, which Jordan said had been a harder climb than he expected.

"It was very cold, it was windy, and all I could think about was a hot shower and nice sunny warm beaches," he told AFP on Thursday -- just a day after he came off the mountain and crossed into Nepal from Tibet.

"I had a few stomach cramps while pushing for the summit, but they were nothing serious -- more to do with being nervous and excited I guess."

Jordan climbed his first major peak, Kilimanjaro in Kenya, aged just 10, inspired by a school mural showing the highest peaks of all seven continents, and his latest expedition made headlines around the world.

Visibly tired, he said he was a little overwhelmed, but was enjoying the attention.

"It feels pretty good to be treated like a rock star," he said. "But along with this also comes responsibility."

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KATHMANDU — The youngest person ever to reach the summit of Everest said Thursday all he could think about during the climb was a hot shower -- and revealed plans to ski down the world's sixth-highest peak.
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