BIG BEAR, Calif. -- 13-year-old Jordan Romero from Big Bear became the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest, the world's tallest peak, on Saturday.
A spokesman for the eighth grader says Romero's team called him by satellite phone Saturday from the summit of the mountain, 29,035 feet above sea level.
Romero's group climbed the northern route out of Tibet, but still have to make their way down the mountain, which is a dangerous route that claims the lives of climbers each year.
Unlike neighboring Nepal, the other approach to Everest, China has no age limit for climbers.
"Their dreams have now come true. Everyone sounded unbelievably happy," a new statement on Jordan's blog said.
Jordan was climbing Everest with his father, his father's girlfriend and three Sherpa guides.
Before he was about to make the ascent, he wrote on his blog: "Every step I take is finally toward the biggest goal of my life, to stand on top of the world."
Romero's accomplishment finishes his quest to climb seven of the tallest mountains on each of the continents around the world.
His other climbs were: Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa) on July 22, 2006; Mt. Kosciuszko (Australia) on April, 2007; Mt. Elbrus (Europe) on July 11, 2007; Mt. Aconcagua (South America) on Dec. 30, 2007; Mt. Denali (North American) on June 18, 2008; and Carstensz Pyramid (Oceana) on Sept. 1, 2009.
Previously the youngest climber to scale Mt. Everest had been Nepal's Temba Tsheri, who accomplished the feat on May 23, 2001, at the age of 16 years and 14 days.
No interview with Jordan would be possible until he returns to advance base camp, which could take a couple days.
Local 13-year-old Becomes Youngest to Climb Mount Everest
Jordan Romero is from Big Bear, California.