An American teenager has become the youngest person to climb to the summit of the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.Jordan Romero, 15, reached the 4,897m (16,067ft) summit of Vinson Massif in Antarctica on Saturday, the final peak in a quest he began six years ago.
His team, which includes his father and stepmother, hope to complete their descent to base camp later on Sunday.
Aged 10, Jordan climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa.
At 13, the Californian climbed the world’s highest mountain, Mt Everest.
Jordan beat the record previously held by British climber George Atkinson, who completed the ascents at the age of 16 in May.
In an audio message recorded on the summit, Jordan‘s father Pete said there was a 15-knot (27km/h; 17mph) wind and that the temperature felt like -25F (-32C).
The other peaks climbed by Jordan are Russia’s Mt Elbrus (July 2007), Argentina’s Mt Aconcagua (December 2007), Mt McKinley in the US (June 2008) and Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid (September 2009).
In April 2007, he also climbed Australia’s highest mountain, Kosciuszko.
Seven summits:Africa - Mt Kilimanjaro (5,892m; 19,340ft)
Antarctica - Vinson Massif (4,892; 16,050)
Australia - Mt Kosciuszko (2,228m; 7,310ft)
Oceania - Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m; 16,024ft)
Asia - Mt Everest (8,848m; 29,035ft)
Europe - Mt Elbrus (5,642m; 18,510ft)
North America - Mt McKinley (6,194m; 20,320ft)
South America - Aconcagua (6,962m; 22,841ft)