Candidates for Oldest and Youngest 7 Summit Completers Together on Everest (NY Times)

Candidates for Oldest and Youngest 7 Summit Completers Together on Everest (NY Times)

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May 6th, 2002, 1:48 pm #1

That is because Jeff Mathy did not have to dream or plan for long to get here. He is 23, far closer to his Boy Scout years in Fullerton, Calif., than his golden years. In fact, Mathy is well on his way to becoming the youngest person to reach the seven summits, the highest mountains on each continent, of which he has climbed five. It is an adventure now financed by an American corporation to the tune of about $150,000.

In Mathy's own expedition is the 71-year-old Al Hanna, trying to become the oldest man to climb the 29,029-foot Everest and complete the seven summits. This is his fifth attempt at reaching the top of Everest, which is located on the border of Nepal and Tibet. "What an incredible guy," Mathy said.

The idea was born on the top of Mount McKinley in Alaska, 20,320 feet above sea level, previously Mathy's most ambitious climb. That is when he decided to try for the seven summits. His goal was to eclipse Joby Ogwyn, a native of Shreveport, La., who was 26 years 107 days old when he finished the feat in December 2000. Mathy had been raising money since he graduated from college to finance what had been a hobby, but he knew if he was going to try to reach all seven as the youngest ever, he would have to train full time and either win a lottery or find a sponsor.

A tea company made sense because that is what mountain climbers drink, believing it keeps them better hydrated than water. Sherpas, the Himalayan natives who live at these extreme altitudes, drink it almost exclusively. But no one knows why.
Lipton seized the opportunity, setting up a team to study hydration on Everest — a crew has been studying about 30 people, including Sherpas, at base camp — and hoping to use Mathy to refreshen its image. "In the U.S., tea is thought of as an old-fashioned drink," said Jennifer Aspen, Lipton's program director for tea and health, who is coordinating the study. "Jeff is a young, vigorous guy who drinks Lipton tea to stay hydrated."
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June 12th, 2002, 9:45 pm #2

Considering this climb was promoting Lipton Ice Tea, this has to be an embarrassing way for the expedition to end. It's interesting they say it was ice tea and not lemonade that caused problem.
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Mathy had been trying to reach the top of his fifth mountain — the highest of them at 29,029 feet — on his way to being the youngest to climb the tallest summits on all seven continents. At 23, he had everything going for him: youth, strength, determination and a sponsorship from Lipton that paid for the whole thing.

But on a day when his climbing team, 11 Americans and eight Sherpa guides, was resting low on the mountain, Mathy drank some lemonade made with unpurified water. By the next day, his expedition was over.

Without Mathy, who stayed at base camp desperately trying to recover, most of the rest of his team, an expedition guided by a company called Alpine Ascents, succeeded with their summit try on May 24.

They have all since returned safely. Mathy is recuperating at his parents' house in Fullerton, Calif.

The only other climber on Mathy's team who didn't make it to the top was 71-year-old Al Hanna, who was making his fourth attempt at becoming the oldest to reach the summit of Everest and to complete the Seven Summits.

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May 14th, 2010, 1:12 am #3

That is because Jeff Mathy did not have to dream or plan for long to get here. He is 23, far closer to his Boy Scout years in Fullerton, Calif., than his golden years. In fact, Mathy is well on his way to becoming the youngest person to reach the seven summits, the highest mountains on each continent, of which he has climbed five. It is an adventure now financed by an American corporation to the tune of about $150,000.

In Mathy's own expedition is the 71-year-old Al Hanna, trying to become the oldest man to climb the 29,029-foot Everest and complete the seven summits. This is his fifth attempt at reaching the top of Everest, which is located on the border of Nepal and Tibet. "What an incredible guy," Mathy said.

The idea was born on the top of Mount McKinley in Alaska, 20,320 feet above sea level, previously Mathy's most ambitious climb. That is when he decided to try for the seven summits. His goal was to eclipse Joby Ogwyn, a native of Shreveport, La., who was 26 years 107 days old when he finished the feat in December 2000. Mathy had been raising money since he graduated from college to finance what had been a hobby, but he knew if he was going to try to reach all seven as the youngest ever, he would have to train full time and either win a lottery or find a sponsor.

A tea company made sense because that is what mountain climbers drink, believing it keeps them better hydrated than water. Sherpas, the Himalayan natives who live at these extreme altitudes, drink it almost exclusively. But no one knows why.
Lipton seized the opportunity, setting up a team to study hydration on Everest — a crew has been studying about 30 people, including Sherpas, at base camp — and hoping to use Mathy to refreshen its image. "In the U.S., tea is thought of as an old-fashioned drink," said Jennifer Aspen, Lipton's program director for tea and health, who is coordinating the study. "Jeff is a young, vigorous guy who drinks Lipton tea to stay hydrated."
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/05/sport ... r=MOREOVER
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May 23rd, 2010, 10:42 pm #4

Jordan successfully summited the mountain
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May 25th, 2010, 5:00 pm #5

The New York Post calls Jordan's feat "The Summit of Stupidity" He came in from Tibert since Nepal requires climbers to be 16.
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June 10th, 2010, 5:48 pm #6

Extra, extra ... read all about it.

http://www.dailyhiker.com/news/china-se ... age-limit/

"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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June 12th, 2010, 7:00 pm #7

Why not? He's already bagged Denali. Check out the below link of his interview on the Leno show last night ... at the end of part 2, he says his next goal is to summit the peaks of all 50 states.

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