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Should kids climb Mt. Everest?

Mountaineers descend Mount Everest
Mountaineers descend Mount Everest
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Yesterday, 13-year-old Jordon Romero of Big Bear Lake set off to become the youngest person to summit Mt. Everest. Last week, 16-year-old Abby Sunderland from Thousand Oaks rounded Cape Horn. She hopes to edge out an Australian girl who’s just five months older to claim the title of youngest to sail solo nonstop and unassisted around the world. Should parents let their kids risk life and limb to break world records? What age is too young for these endeavors?


Bruce Barcott, Outside Magazine Contributor, author of Into Teen Air in the current issue of the magazine

Zac Sunderland, was, for some six weeks, the youngest person to sail solo around the world. He completed his trip on July 16, 2009 at age 17 after 13 months and 2 days at sea, when he sailed back in to his port of origin, Marina del Rey, California