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Price may vary by retailer. Add to Cart Add to Cart. Table of Contents Excerpt Rave and Reviews. About The Book. Other kids hardly seemed to notice it in their rush to play soccer or basketball, but I often stopped and stared, mesmerized by those mountains. What would it be like to stand on their summits and gaze across entire continents? I wanted to find out. One thing you should know about me: When I get interested in something, I become a fanatic and learn everything I can about it. When I was younger and got interested in reptiles, I learned everything there was to know about every species.
Now my interest turned to mountains.
No Summit Out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits
Practically from the moment I could walk, I was outdoors—chasing lizards, riding my bike, skateboarding, and skiing. Especially skiing. That was my passion.
Over the summer between third and fourth grades, I did Internet searches to read about the summits. I made lists of their locations, their elevations, and the best routes to the top of each. Along the way I discovered that there were people who had made it a goal to climb all seven. I decided I could do that.
NO SUMMIT OUT OF SIGHT by Jordan Romero , Linda LeBlanc | Kirkus Reviews
But that was okay. I was also extremely patient. My dad and my stepmom, Karen, are professional athletes. They compete in extreme adventure races all over the world. They race nonstop on foot, on bicycles, in kayaks and canoes, and even on horses and camels. And they do it all in some of the most wild and remote places in the world.
Our home has always been open to a never-ending stream of competitive athletes who are driven to enter the most brutal contests on the planet. Dad and Karen thought outside the box, set huge goals, and grabbed life with both hands. In this energizing memoir for young adults, Jordan, recounts his experience, which started as a spark of an idea at the age of nine and, many years of training and hard work later, turned into a dream come true.
The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits
Inspired by a mural in his California school depicting the highest mountain on each continent, nine-year-old Romero vowed that he would reach those "Seven Summits. Romero sets the scene for each climb from Mount Kilimanjaro in to Antarctica's Mount Vinson in with notes on each region's culture, people, topography, climate, vegetation, wildlife, altitude, and atmospheric changes. While informative, segments detailing trip preparation and training are expectedly less gripping than accounts of perilous climbing expeditions; in the most dramatic one, Romero describes being slammed by an avalanche on Mount Everest.
The emotional pitch of the story remains high as Romero contends with extreme weather, frustration, exhaustion, and homesickness to reach, with almost palpable exhilaration, each peak. Photos document steps Romero's odyssey throughout the book and in a color insert. Ages 12 up.