Saturday, May 22, 2010

I Feel Like Such a Worthless Slug

13-year-old American climbs Everest, calls his mom - Yahoo! News: "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.

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."

4 comments:

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

'There were lots of tears and 'I love you! I love you!'' Drake said. 'I just told him to get his butt back home.'

If I had done this, my mother would have wailed: "You could have broken your neck!"

But you shouldn't feel like a slug, Bill -- at least the little mook wasn't out tramping through someone's yard.

Bill Crider said...

Well, not mine, anyway. We're a long way from Everest!

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Slug? You run every day. I'll see your slug and raise you a sloth and couch potato. As for the kid, I hate overachievers.

Richard R. said...

I wonder what roaming charges he ran up with that call from Everest? Yikes.