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Youngest Everest Climber: "Totally Worth It"

When he was only nine-years-old, Jordon Romero decided to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents.

On Saturday, Romero, now 13, from Big Bear, Calif., made it to the top of the world's tallest mountain, 29,035 foot Mt. Everest, becoming the youngest person ever to accomplish the feat.

And Monday, Romero did his first TV interview since setting the mark, with "Early Show" co-anchor Harry Smith.

Romero chatted with Smith via Skype from Everest's Advanced Base Camp.

He said the climb was "definitely harder" than he'd anticipated, with lots of unexpected complications, but that it was "totally worth it." The feeling at the summit, he said, was "like no other … the time of our lives."

And, while it was fraught with perils, "That's what it's all about," Romero remarked. "We're climbers."

He made his way up Everest with his father, Paul Romero, and Paul's girlfriend, Karen Lundgren

Romero now has only one peak left to get to the goal he set four years ago -- the Vinson Massif in Antarctica, and he intends to head there in December.

"Early Show" viewers first met Jordan last month.

To see Jordan's Monday interview, click on the video below:


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