Vern Tejas Climbs Denali and Everest in Same Week En Route to Record 134 Days for 7 Suumits Climbs

Vern Tejas climbed Mount Everest (May 24) and Mount McKinley (May 31) within a week of each other en route to climb the 7 summits (plus New Guinea) in 134 days. Tejas climbed the summits 187 days in 2005. It was broken by an Indian climber of 172 days in 2006, . Ireland’s Ian McKeever, 156 days and Denmark’s Henrik Kristiansen 136 in 2008. Dangerous Steps: Vernon Tejas and the Solo Winter Ascent of Mount McKinley


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Poll: Should 13-year-old Jordan Romeo been allowed to climb Everest?


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13-Year-Old Jordan Romero Summits Everest

13-year-old Jordan Romeo set a record for youngest Everest climber on May 22 when he summited Everest with his dad and his dad’s girlfiend. He called his mom with the news. “Mom, I’m calling you from the top of the world.” He plans to climb Vinson Massif in December to be the youngest 7 summiter. He’s been blogging, facebooking, and tweeting.


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Badwater to Whitney Summit Record Holder in New Documentary “Running America”

A new documentary focuses on
Marshall Ulrich running 3,063 miles, from San Francisco to New York, in 52.5 days. (Frank Giannino holds the coast-to-coast speed record, running 3,103.5 miles in just over 46 days in 1980). Among Ulrich’s credits is the record for running from Badwater to the summit of Whitney. Ulrich’s article on running has lots of interesting rules including when it is o.k to use an IV and when it’s not.

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Taum Sauk Pumped Storage Largest Rolled Concrete Structure in North America

The Taum Sauk Pumped Storage Plant which just opened is North America’s largest roller compacted concrete placement to date. Concrete products notes:

A new upper-reservoir portion, crest and 3.5-ft. parapet wall combine for the RCC record, easily besting PCA-noted stalwarts such as Utah’s Upper Stillwater Dam (1987, 1.47 million yd.), California’s Olivenhain Dam (2002, 1.44 million yd.), and South Carolina’s Saluda Dam (2005, 1.3 million yd.)…Fred Weber Inc. and Colorado heavy/civil specialist ASI Constructors Inc., Ozark Constructors recycled crushed concrete from the old structure in the new RCC mixes.

We have no idea what any of that means but thought we would pass it along. After all it’s not often we quote concreteproducts.com on this site. The Rolled Concrete page on wikipedia does show a picture of Taum Sauk.


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First woman to ski all 54 Colorado Fourteeners

Christy Mahon from Aspen is the first woman to ski all 54 Colorado 14ers completing on Capitol Peak on May 17. Here’s her Elbert report from her webage .


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13-Year-Old Jordan Romeo Blogging, Tweetering and Being Interviewed on NPR on Everest Climb

13 year old Jordan Romeo who is attempting to set a record for the youngest Everest climber (as well as younger 7 summit climber) is blogging and tweeting from Everest. He was also interviewed on NPR talking about doing homework at base camp.


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Boy Who Climbed McKinley at 11 Seeking to Climb Everest at 13

Jordan Romero of Los Angeles is seeking to be the youngest to climb Everest. He was climbed Kilimanjaro at 10 and Aconcagua and McKinley at 11. His father and step-mother will accompany him. He has climbed six of the seven summits. Temba Tsheri, 16, of Nepal currently holds the Everest youngest record.
California Teen Eyes To Become Youngest Everest Climber Allheadline news – April 6, 2010.
Boy, 13, has high hopes to break record Sydney Morning Herald, April 13, 2010.

Update April 27
Jordan’s father reported that he is 20,000 foot on the mountain now. In response to criticism about whether his lungs could handle he was quoted on Good Morning America:

“I’ve researched every bit of published information that’s ever been done on children and altitude, and there’s nothing negative about children and altitude,” Romero said. “Those are just naysayers. Those are people who think a 13-year-old shouldn’t be in the mountains.”

Jordan’s team is following the Northeast Ridge, considered the more difficult of the two most frequently used routes to the summit, on which climbers begin their ascent in Tibet.

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