"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
-- Sir Edmund Hillary
The first known person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, 1953
The little mural that inspired a BIG DREAM!
"At my school there was a wall mural that I'd walk past every day when I was in 3rd grade. The mural showed the tallest mountain on each continent: the seven summits."
"One day, my dad picked me up from school and I told him that I wanted to climb them all--especially Mount Everest."
You wanna' do WHAT??
While Jordan's friends and family supported the idea, others weren't so sure. Jordan explains:
"Some people couldn't understand why I'd want to do something so difficult. But I already loved mountain climbing, and I wanted to set a really big goal for myself--something that my dad and I could do together."
Dad, can I go climb Mt. Everest?
Yes, but you'll have to train very very hard.
OK, no problem. When do we start?
Actually, it wasn't quite that simple.
Before he could tackle mighty Everest, Jordan would need to prepare himself by climbing many of the world's tallest peaks. This required him to:
1) Obtain permission from each country.
(Jordan's dad Paul and stepmother Karen worked REALLY hard to persuade some governments to allow him to go because Jordan was so young.)
2) Gather the right equipment, supplies, and other gear needed for each type of terrain and seasonal climate.
(Jordan would be climbing in deep snow, over icy glaciers, and up sheer cliffs of rock!)
3) Train, train, train some more, and then Keep