13-Year-Old Climbs Mount Everest, Sets Record

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Yesterday, 13-year-old Jordan Romero earned the title of being the youngest climber to reach the peak of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain.

The first thing the young American boy did?


Used the satellite phone to call his mom.

"He says, 'Mom, I'm calling you from the top of the world,'" a proud Leigh Anne Drake told The Associated Press. Drake had been watching her son's progress minute by minute via an online GPS tracker.

This wasn't Jordan's first big climb -- he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa when he was just 9 years old. His goal, inspired by a painting in his school, is to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents.

He's only got one mountain to go: the Vinson Massif.

Jordan leaves for Antarctica in December.

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