Jordan Romero, a 15-year-old Southern California teen, just became the youngest climber to successfully summit seven of the tallest mountains on seven continents. A few days ago he reached the top of Mt. Vinson Massif, Antarctica.
He’s not the only teen to participate in an extreme (and expensive) sport. Mark Pfetzer was the youngest climber to summit a number of mountain peaks. His book Within Reach recounts his attempt to get to the top of Mt. Everest in 1996 at the age of 16 when a storm hit the mountain, cutting his trip short and killing 8 people.
Jessica Watson, a 16-year-old Australian, finished a solo, nonstop sailing trip around the world in May 2010. Check out her story in the book True Spirit.
Abby Sunderland, a sailor like her older brother Zac, also tried to sail solo around the world in 2010 at age 16 but had to halt her attempt when her boat was knocked down and drifted to an area rarely visited by sea traffic. Her trip drew criticism because of the cost of the rescue and the fact that her parents let her undertake such a dangerous voyage. What do you think of teens participating in these extreme sports? Read Abby’s account of her ordeal in Unsinkable.