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China sets age limit for Everest climbers

June 10 2010 at 1:48 PM

Mark S  (Login MarkStyczynski)

Response to 13-Year-Old Jordan Romeo Blogging Seeking to Be Youngest Everest and 7 Summit Climber


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"In the wake of the extremely controversial summit of Everest by 13-year old Jordan Romero, China has instituted age limits to those allowed to summit Everest. The China Tibet Mountaineering Association that regulates the permitting process for climbing the north side of Everest released the new restrictions Thursday.

From now on, climbers must be between the ages of 18 and 60 to receive a permit for the mountain. There are some caveats to this restriction however. Permits for the Chinese side will be allowed if medical certificates can be produced showing the climber is fit enough for the climb. I assume this is really intended to allow climbers over the age of 60 climb if theyre fit, but I imagine some will try for younger climbers too.

This also comes after a Nepalese Sherpa has announced he will try to find an 11 or 12-year old boy to climb Everest to regain the record. He has also stated that hell train his own 9-year old son, should he be unable to find an 11-year old for the attempt. Nepal also has a minimum age of 16 to receive a permit, however the Sherpa has already received an exemption for his attempt."

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