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Thread: Screwed up: Should 13 year old be allowed to go and attempt to climb MT Everest?

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    Re: Screwed up: Should 13 year old be allowed to go and attempt to climb MT Everest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Encouragement for what? Sounds to me if a 13 year old kid tackled huge mountains already at the age of 10 and wants to take on Everest now, that he has had enough encouragement for one lifetime.

    Hope he doesn't freeze to death, that's the encouragement he can get from me.
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    Re: Screwed up: Should 13 year old be allowed to go and attempt to climb MT Everest?

    Quote Originally Posted by MetalGear View Post
    was kidding
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    Re: Screwed up: Should 13 year old be allowed to go and attempt to climb MT Everest?

    But i dunno. Just ironic social services get all pissy when you leave your kids at home and they end up burning themselves with an iron or having some sort of accident and you get quizzed for it....or they miss a few weeks off school. But its OK to climb Mt Everest.

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    Re: Screwed up: Should 13 year old be allowed to go and attempt to climb MT Everest?

    A blind person's climbed it. A 70 year-old's climbed it. A 15 year-old's climbed it. As long as his parents are going with and he has the experience, what's the problem?
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    Re: Screwed up: Should 13 year old be allowed to go and attempt to climb MT Everest?

    Quote Originally Posted by MetalGear View Post
    But i dunno. Just ironic social services get all pissy when you leave your kids at home and they end up burning themselves with an iron or having some sort of accident and you get quizzed for it....or they miss a few weeks off school. But its OK to climb Mt Everest.
    Only during summer vacation.
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    Re: Screwed up: Should 13 year old be allowed to go and attempt to climb MT Everest?

    Quote Originally Posted by MetalGear View Post
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    BBC News - US boy Jordan Romero, 13, in Mount Everest bid

    Messed up. Do you think social services should reserve the right to step in and bring this to a halt?


    This is none of my business. It's a decision made by his parents, and by him.

    If his parents are dragging him up Everest kicking and screaming that he doesn't wanna go, or if he has asthma or one leg... that might be a smidge different.

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    Re: Screwed up: Should 13 year old be allowed to go and attempt to climb MT Everest?

    In these types of discussions, I usually get in trouble for this, but maybe not this time....

    It's up to the parents. They are the legal guardians of the child, it's their right to decide.
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    Re: Screwed up: Should 13 year old be allowed to go and attempt to climb MT Everest?

    Sure. Why the hell not? Just more proof supporting Darwin's theory of evolution.
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    Re: Screwed up: Should 13 year old be allowed to go and attempt to climb MT Everest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    It's his choice.
    Well, no, it's not. He's still a kid.

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    Re: Screwed up: Should 13 year old be allowed to go and attempt to climb MT Everest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelzie View Post
    A blind person's climbed it. A 70 year-old's climbed it. A 15 year-old's climbed it. As long as his parents are going with and he has the experience, what's the problem?
    Our son went on his first wilderness canoe trip with me at age 9. He went on his first backpacking trip with me at age 5. He has done several backpacking trips since, including one last summer at age 8 to Holy Cross Wilderness in Colorado and we climbed the two highest passes in Colorado on it. He also goes mountain biking with me and trail running.

    The thing is, while all those activities carry some risk, and are definitely more dangerous at times than what the average kid his age is out doing, unlike climbing Mount Everest, none of them has a 10% death rate.

    The kid has a 1 in 10 chance of dying on that mountain. When you take his age into consideration (and what his VO2 Max is at 13), its probably much greater than that. So really, I don't know if he is old enough to really appreciate the gravity of something like that. He is certainly not old enough to join the military, and most wars are safer than climbing Everest.
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