Wednesday, July 6, 2016

No Summit out of Site by Jordan Romero (with Linda LeBlanc)

At age 9, Jordan Romero decided he was going to climb the Seven Summits - the highest mountain peaks on each of the seven continents. Since his dad and stepmother were adventure racers, he had a vague idea of what training for a goal like that would involve. After much discussion and consideration, his parents finally gave their approval. On July 22, 2006 Jordan ascended his first summit, Mount Kilimanjaro at an elevation of 19,341 feet. At ten years old, he laid claim to a world record as the youngest documented climber to make the summit. Little Jordan know, though, how incredibly and increasingly difficult his climbs would become.

Jordan's adventure describes overcoming unbelievable odds - climbing at elevations of 18,000+ feet, facing gale force winds and temperatures of 40 degrees below zero, hiking in whiteout conditions, experiencing a deadly avalanche first hand, and depending on the support of one single rope to save his life in case of one mis-step. But mostly, this book tells the story of the frustrations and joys as he relentlessly strives toward his goal. Favorite quote from the book: "It's not the mountain you conquer, it's yourself." If you are someone who loves the outdoors or just has that drive to achieve great things, this story will motivate you to set your goals high and strive to do even more.

No Summit out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits has been nominated for the 2016-2017 Young Adult Golden Sower Award.

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