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October 29, 2008

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Jeff

This kid has a little swagger (i.e. confidence) as well. Probably a good quality to have given his goals.

Jeff

Jake Norton

Hi Jeff,

Yeah, he does indeed...and, like you said, not a bad quality to have given his goals. So long as he doesn't allow his drive for the top to obscure his vision of safety and the real journey in the mountains.

-Jake

Colin

What a great achievement for someone so young. I would love just to see these great mountains, let alone climb them! I am sure he will succeed in getting his Seven Summits.

Colin
Mount Everest The British Story
www.everest1953.co.uk

gorida

Great site. I was writing a post some days ago about Jordan and his mission asking myself about taking kids to the extremes. He is really amazing, but: "Wait a minute, does he really make his own choices when he is climbing? Do kids nowadays grow up faster? Am I just exaggerating? Am I just facing the reality of accelerated culture and instant generation or just overly ambitious and crazy parents?”

Jake Norton

Gorida,

I think you make some good points and ask relevant questions. It is great to help kids find and pursue their passions and dreams in life, but that must not be confused with fulfilling our own dreams and ambitions through the activity of our children.

I cannot speak for Jordan Romero, but I know that was not the case for me as a child. I began climbing at 12, and was encouraged by my parents and assisted in the effort - not forced or coerced in any way, nor pushed into the sport by them either. I would suspect that Jordan is in a similar situation.

Thanks,

Jake Norton
MountainWorld Productions
www.mountainworldproductions.com

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