April 9, 2010
Posted: 10:00 PM ET
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Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) - Thirteen-year-old Jordan Romero is climbing Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, not only for himself but to inspire more young people to get outdoors.
"Obese children are the future of America the way things are going," he tells CNN in Kathmandu Friday as he prepared to leave for the mountain on Sunday.
"I am hoping to change that by doing what I do - climbing and motivational speaking. I want to motivate children and inspire them to get outdoors."
If he is successful, Jordan will be the youngest person to get to the top of Everest's summit, 29,028 feet above sea level.
With a smile he is quick to add, "I am doing this a little for myself too, to do something big."
Because he has already climbed five of the seven highest peaks on seven continents, known as the Seven Summits, there is good chance of success. But he is realistic. "This could be first of many attempts," he says. "But I am determined to do it if it takes two weeks or two years."
Having a very encouraging father and stepmom, who have gone around the world participating in climbing expeditions and competing in endurance racing competitions, certainly helps.
"This is not an isolated vacation," says Paul Romero. "This is a lifestyle. We travel everywhere and climb together."
The family started tackling the Seven Summits in the summer of 2005. Jordan was just nine when they climbed the 19,341 feet to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Since there is a debate about whether the tallest mountain in Oceania is Kosciuszko in mainland Australia or Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, Jordan and his family climbed both.
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