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Dec 2, 2010
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On May 22, 2010 Jordan Romero stood on the summit of Everest at age 14 becoming the youngest to climb Everest. Is this too young? China has gone as far as to create a ban on anyone that is under 18 from attempting to climb Everest. I think this is just too young but that is my opinion. What do you guys think? Owen Darrow
From Garmisch,
Joined Feb 22, 2010
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Dec 2, 2010
Rock Climbing Photo: route photo
To each their own! I think if he is old enough to "want it" he should be able to climb Everest. It is up to his parents to provide him with enough information about the risks/rewards associated with the ascent. Then, once he has the information he can decide for himself. Brent Butcher
Joined Nov 18, 2010
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Dec 2, 2010
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From Morrison, CO
Joined Oct 26, 2006
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Dec 2, 2010
Rock Climbing Photo: Bocan
It "might" be for different reasons.

1- Is 14 old enough to accept the ultimate penalty for climbing? Do they really understand what can happen?

2- Can they get themselves out of a dangerous situation, or are they a risk ie. the people that died getting short roped in 96?

3- What is the effect on the physical development from altitude on a child. Like lifting weights is bad. And I mean EXTREME altitude.

I'm sure there's other reasons too boot.
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
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