If you were 15 and had just spent nearly half your life traveling the globe on a quest to bag the Seven Summits, you’d take plenty of time to plan your second act, right? Jordan Romero already has his figured out. “Man, we’re going to ski to the South Pole!” says the Big Bear Lake, California, teenager. On Christmas Eve 2011, the 15-year-old Romero—along with his dad, Paul Romero, and stepmom, Karen Lundgren—ticked off his last continental high point, Antarctica’s 16,067-foot Vinson Massif. He broke six “youngest” marks along the way, including climbing Kilimanjaro, his first, at 10, and Mount Everest at 13 (see “Into Teen Air,” April 2010). “We’ll be paying it off for the rest of our lives,” Lundgren says, “but the riches we’ve earned as a family really are priceless.” It’s a record that’s likely to last, too. With age restrictions now in place on both the Nepalese and Tibetan sides of the peak, climbers must be 18 to attempt the Big E.
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