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Hello! My name is Arthur Vartanyan.

Today I want to change the topic and discuss about someone else’s (more interesting) experience.

In our class, we started a discussion about extreme sports and teenagers who want to achieve their goals at the early age of 7-16. We had to write a paragraph and so on, as usual. We didn’t really get chance to involve ourselves in much discussion on the topic but I can’t stop thinking about it.

Imagine what you are going to do if one day your son comes to you and says, “Let’s go climb Everest tomorrow, please!” He is 15 years old. He is pretty fit and has been climbing with his friends every Fall for 7-8 years. His dream is to climb Everest. He cannot think about anything else, but Everest. Every day he says how beautiful the clouds near Everest are. Ow, yeah… I forgot to say that you live in Tibet. Confusing, right? Especially about Tibet. 🙂

Mount Everest

Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia about the boy who climbed Everest: “Jordan Romero was accompanied by his father Paul Romero, his step-mother Karen Lundgren, and three Sherpas, Ang Pasang Sherpa, Lama Dawa Sherpa, and Lama Karma Sherpa. The previous record for the youngest to climb Everest was held by Ming Kipa of Nepal who was 15 years old when she reached the summit in 2003. He was inspired to climb the tallest mountains of each continent when he saw a painting in the hallway of his school that had the seven continents highest mountains. He climbed the Vinson Massif in December 2011, breaking the record of George Atkinson being the youngest climber in the world to complete the Seven Summits, at the age of 15 years, 5 months, 12 days.”

His feat provoked criticism from people around the world, who questioned whether he was mature enough to make the decision to climb.

Romero was prepared for this challenge. He had climbed mountains before such as Mount Kilimanjaro (2006), Mount Elbrus (2007), Mount Aconcagua (2007), Mount McKinley (2008), Mount Carstensz Pyramid (2009). He knew he was mentally ready to climb to the peak of the highest point in the world.

I personally have different feelings inside and I cannot manage my thoughts. The boy was ready. He had a dream. He had a goal. He had done a lot of serious climbing, he had a real experience; he spent all his life “in the mountains”. His father and mother supported him and they were ready to climb.

On the one hand, because he is not physically mature, his body might not have survived in the mountains. He could have suffered hypoxia and died because of lack of air. His brain could have been damaged and finally he would have had big problems with his health after.

On the other hand, he wanted to do it. He had a goal, he had a dream and he should follow it until it’s done. Nobody should stop him and nobody should take his dream away from him, right? He would learn how to survive and how to challenge himself and how to achieve his goals …if he would survive of course. 🙂

On the third hand, he is not mature enough and it is your duty to “teach your nestling how to fly and how to get out from the nest.” You are a responsible and intelligent parent. That is how it works. Your child wants something and you should suffer with him. 🙂


There are many examples of how “not mature enough” children achieve peaks of success with a dream in their hearts, but also there are many examples when the child wants to but parents do not allow him/her to do it.

In your opinion, what is the right choice for your child? What would you do? What do you think about it?

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1) Climbing: What’s the Next Everest? – by AFP, MAY 27, 2014 09:05 AM
2) Jordan Romero – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • I guess, the right answer depends not from parents only, but from child too. 🙂
    When you standing on top of mountains and see the clouds below, you’re near of God – the main Father of everyone and everything. We should learn from Him.
    Thank you Arthur!

    • Arthur Knight

      But the question is should take a risk and allow a 13-year-old climb so far? It is certainly very dangerous and the child can not survive. Nobody can help you, nobody knows where your location is. It is like playing with fire.
      Undoubtedly, the 13-year-old is not mature enough. His body is very weak. He could be ready mentally, but his body could be not ready physically.

      • Bodwell High School

        According to the article he did it! It does seem to be far too young to be attempting such dangerous feats though. What does everyone else think?

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