At the age of 9, Jordan Romero had a dream. It popped into his head in the same way most kids dream of one day becoming doctors or firemen or presidents. The only difference was in Jordan's case he decided he wanted to climb the 7 Summits. And he wanted to start immediately, completing this dream before his 16th birthday.
It requires summiting the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. The 7 summits constitute1) the highest pinnacle2) of adventure and expertise in the mountain climbing world. Those being:
1. Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa (5893m)
2. Mt. Elbrus in Russia, Europe (5642m)
3. Kosciuszko in Australia, Oceania (2228m)
4. Mount McKinley in Alaska, North America (6198m)
5. Aconcagua in Argentina, South America (6962m)
6. Everest in Nepal, Asia (8848m)
7. Vinson Massif in Antarctica (4892m)
In the past 100 years, there have been fewer than 200 climbers who have successfully scaled3) all seven peaks. It is an extremely difficult and dangerous challenge, one which requires peak mental, physical and psychological strength; not to mention enormous training and resources. With the support of his adventure enthusiast and Emergency Paramedic4) dad, Paul Romero, and his stepmom Karen, Jordan and his family began training hard: carrying heavy packs to school and the mall for weeks at time, dragging tires to build cardio5), sleeping in a special oxygen thinning chamber to simulate the sensation of "the dead zone" that occurs at the peaks of the highest mountains. The discipline and skills required to climb a mountain require a tremendous amount of hard work and endless training.For most 9 year olds, just finishing an hour of homework is near impossible.But Jordan had a dream and he insisted on it.
Before his tenth birthday, Jordan and his family summited Mt Kilimanjaro—his first peak.At eleven he knocked down6) four more summits, two of them (Aconcagua and Mt. Denali) being some of the most technical and dangerous in the world.When controversy arose over the highest peak in Oceania being Kosciuszko in Australia or Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, Jordan climbed both.
On May 22nd, 2010, at the age of 13, Jordan became the youngest person to summit the world's highest mountain—Everest. With 7 peaks already achieved, Jordan only has one last obstacle between him and his ultimate goal.And he already has plans to tackle7) Antartica this summer, which would put him 3 years ahead of his original dream to climb the 7 summits by 16.
Jordan says he climbs to show kids his age that anything is possible, and to encourage youth to get outside and get active. In his own words: "I want to do some motivational speaking and encourage kids to set goals in life and be healthy."
The thresholds8) we create of what we are capable of, are little more than lines in sand, that can easily be blown away through determination of will. The only barriers preventing us each from climbing our own personal mountains are entirely self-created and self-restricting. If a 9-year-old boy can dream of Everest, only to stand 4 years later on the top of the world screaming full-lunged "I DID IT!", why can't you make your dream big and pursue it.
Find your own Everest. Whatever interests you or motivates you, learn all you can about it, find experts to help you experience it, and make sure you are prepared before you do anything.
1. constitute [5kCnstItju:t] vt. 构成
2. pinnacle [5pInEkl] n. 尖峰,高峰
3. scale [skeIl] vt. 攀登
4. Emergency Paramedic: 急救医护人员
5. cardio [5kB:dIEJ] n. 心脏锻炼
6. knock down: 击倒
7. tackle [5tAkl] vt. 处理,对付
8. threshold [5WreFhEuld] n. 界限,门槛