Sunday, May 23, 2010

13-year-old American boy becomes youngest to climb Everest, calls mom from 'top of the world'

BEIJING (AP) — The youngest climber to reach the peak of Mount Everest hugged his tearful companions and told them he loved them. Then 13-year-old Jordan Romero took the satellite phone and called his mom. “He says, ‘Mom, I’m calling you from the top of the world,’” a giddy Leigh Anne Drake told The Associated Press from California, where she had been watching her son’s progress minute by minute on a GPS tracker online. “There were lots of tears and ‘I love you! I love you!’” Drake said. “I just told him to get his butt back home.”
   With Saturday’s success on the world’s highest mountain, at 29,035 feet (8,850 meters) above sea level, Jordan is just one climb from his quest to reach the highest peaks on all seven continents. » Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking news alerts delivered to your inbox. The teenager with a mop of long curly hair — who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa when he was 9 years old — says he was inspired by a painting in his school hallway of the seven continents’ highest summits.
   ”Every step I take is finally toward the biggest goal of my life, to stand on top of the world,” Jordan said earlier on his blog. Before him, the youngest climber to scale Everest had been Temba Tsheri of Nepal, who reached the peak at age 16. Also Saturday, officials said a Nepalese Sherpa who lives in Salt Lake City broke his own world record by climbing Everest for the 20th time.
   Apa, who goes by one name, went up to collect garbage, a growing environmental problem on the mountain. Several climbers took advantage of Saturday’s clear weather to reach the summit, Mountaineering Department official Tilak Pandey said. May is the most popular month for Everest climbs because of more favorable weather.
   Jordan had never climbed above 8,000 meters (26,240 feet), but his team climbed quickly along the final ridge to arrive at the peak hours ahead of schedule. “The first thing, they all hugged each other and said, ‘I love you, I can’t believe we’re finally here’ and started crying,” said Rob Bailey, the team’s spokesman, by phone from the United States.
   ”I don’t think it ever dawned on them to say, ‘Oh my gosh, Jordan, you’re the youngest to get up here,’” Bailey said. “It’s never been about setting a record, besting anybody else.” Jordan, from the San Bernardino Mountains ski town of Big Bear, California, was climbing Everest with his father, his father’s girlfriend and three Sherpa guides.
   Helicopter paramedic Paul Romero and his girlfriend have trained Jordan for top-level mountaineering. Romero and Karen Lundgren are adventure racers, competing in weeklong endurance races that combine biking, climbing, paddling and climbing through wilderness areas. Before the group set out for Nepal in April, Paul Romero said he wanted nothing more than to make his son’s dreams come true, even as the quest raised questions over how young is too young to scale Everest, a mountain where harsh conditions have caused scores of climbers’ deaths
   . “It’s my dream we are following to the highest points on every continent,” Jordan says on his blog. “I know it’s a big goal and lucky for me my family is supporting me every step of the way.” Jason Edwards, a guide with the Seattle-based International Mountain Guides, said the outfitter has a minimum age limit of 18 for Everest expeditions because of liability issues. Still, he applauds the 13-year-old’s feat. “When a unique person with that spirit comes along, we have to encourage it,” Edwards said. “I’m excited he made it.” The group, dubbed “Team Jordan” on the teen’s blog, approached the peak along the technically more difficult, less-traveled northern route from the base camp on the Chinese side.
   Unlike neighboring Nepal, the other approach to Everest, China has no age limit for climbers. Jordan registered with Chinese officials in April, said Zhang Mingxing, secretary general of China Tibet Mountaineering Association.

Budak 13 tahun cipta rekod tawan Everest

KATHMANDU 22 Mei – Seorang budak lelaki rakyat Amerika, Jordan Romero, 13, hari ini menjadi pendaki termuda Gunung Everest setelah berjaya menawan kemuncak tertinggi dunia itu, sekali gus mencipta rekod dunia baru yang mencetuskan kontroversi.
Romero dalam laman webnya berkata dia merupakan salah seorang daripada 50 pendaki yang berjaya sampai di puncak gunung tertinggi di dunia itu awal hari ini.
Satu kenyataan dalam laman webnya, memberitahu bahawa Romero yang berasal dari California kelihatan sangat gembira ketika membuat panggilan dari puncak gunung itu melalui telefon satelit.
Romero tiga tahun lebih muda daripada pemegang rekod sebelum ini, Temba Tsheri, Nepal yang menawan puncak Everest ketika berusia 16 tahun.
Selain Romero, seorang pendaki lain, Apa Sherpa, 50, dari Nepal berjaya menawan puncak Everest bagi kali ke-20 mengatasi rekod dunianya sendiri.
“Dia sampai di puncak Everest pagi ini dan berada setengah jam di atas gunung tersebut. Dia dilaporkan sihat dan kini mula menuruni gunung itu,” kata jurucakap Kementerian Pelancongan, Laxman Bhattarai kepada AFP.
Sherpa yang pertama kali mendaki Everest pada 1990 dan digelar ‘Sherpa Berkuasa’ kerana dilihat mudah memanjat gunung itu, mendedikasikan kejayaan terbarunya itu untuk kesan perubahan cuaca di Himalaya.
“Saya bersyukur kerana mampu mendaki Everest untuk kali ke-20.
“Saya juga memanjat Everest pada kali ini untuk memberi kesedaran kepada kerosakan yang berlaku di Himalaya kerana perubahan cuaca dunia,” ujarnya dalam satu kenyataan yang disiarkan di laman webnya.
Beribu-ribu orang sudah mendaki Everest sejak Edmund Hillary dan Tenzing Norgay menjadi individu pertama berjaya menawan gunung yang mempunyai ketinggian 8,848 meter itu pada 1953. – AFP

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Photographer's Mt Kinabalu Feat Goes Into Malaysia Book Of Records

KUNDASANG, April 20 2010(Bernama) -- Utusan Malaysia photographer Mohd Noor Mat Amin's feat of climbing Mt Kinabalu 111 times in 111 days will go into the Malaysia Book of Records.
     Mohd Noor who took over three months to conquer South-east Asia's highest peak began his 111th climb at 7.20am and reached Timpohon Arch, Taman Kinabalu at 11.50am.
     "I am thankful and glad to finish the 1Malaysia Solo 2009-2010 safely and on schedule. This proves that Malaysians too can create records just like Westerners," he said.
     During the climb, the 43 year-old newspaper photographer was accompanied by guide Safrey Sumping.
     Mohd Noor received RM20,000 from Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman for his feat and for bringing glory to the country.
     Soon after arrival, Mohd Noor was garlanded with flowers by principal political secretary to the Sabah Chief Minister, Nizam Abu Bakar Titingan.
     Nizam who represented the state government commended Mohd Noor his feat and said that the climber would be proposed as Mt Kinabalu ambassador.
     Mohd Noor's next mission is to climb Kuala Lumpur Tower 111 times in one week starting May 8.


Photographer's quest to climb Mt Kinabalu 111 times

KOTA KINABALU: A news photographer is embarking on a record-setting trek to reach the peak of Mount Kinabalu 111 times within 111 days to promote the 1Malaysia concept.

Mohd Noor Mat Amin of Utusan Malaysia began his hike up the mountain at precisely 10am yesterday after being seen off by Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

Also on hand at the Kinabalu Park’s Timpohon Gate was Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Kamaruzaman Ampon.

For 1Malaysia: Mohd Noor (right) receiving the Jalur Gemilang from Saifuddin (third from left) before starting his attempt to set a record on climbing Mt Kinabalu 111 times at the Kinabalu Park Thursday.

“I’m so thankful I have been given this opportunity to realise my dream,” said the 42-year-old Mohd Noor who has also climbed up the Kuala Lumpur Tower 111 times.

Mohd Noor said he intended to stick to his schedule of reaching the mountain’s highest point at Low’s Peak located at an altitude of 4,095m by 4pm and immediately turn around and reach Timpohon Gate four hours later.

“Even if it rains, I will try to maintain my pace,” said Mohd Noor.

Later in the evening, it is learnt that he had succeeded in doing so.

Mohd Noor will be trekking up the mountain once a day until April 20 and again from May 1 to 7 with a hope of getting into the Guinness World Records after that.

His project called 1Climb, 1Mountain, 1Malaysia was jointly organised by UMS and the Kota Recreation Club with the cooperation of the Youth and Sports Ministry, the Higher Education Ministry, the state Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry as well as KL Tower. - The Star 1 Jan 2010

Gadis 22 tahun tawan Gunung Everest

KATHMANDU - Seorang lepasan Universiti London, Bonita Norris yang berusia 22 tahun menjadi pendaki wanita termuda Britain apabila dia berjaya menawan Gunung Everest pada Isnin lalu, lapor sebuah akhbar semalam.

Graduan seni media yang berasal dari Wokingham, Berkshire di tenggara England itu mencipta sejarah walaupun dia kurang berpengalaman mendaki gunung.

Norris mendapat ilham untuk memecah rekod sebagai pendaki termuda dengan mengambil contoh kejayaan Ketua Pengakap Britain, Bear Grylls, 35, yang pernah menawan puncak setinggi 8,848 meter itu semasa dia berusia 23 tahun pada 1997.

Berita kejayaan tersebut dikirimkan oleh Norris menerusi laman blognya.

Dia mendaki gunung itu bersama seorang lagi pendaki Britain, Kenton Cool dengan mengikut laluan di selatan Gunung Everest.

Pendaki termuda setakat ini ialah Temba Tsheri dari Nepal yang berusia 16 tahun pada 2001. - Agensi - Kosmo 19 Mei 2010