Paul and Jordan Romero on a helicopter en route to a base camp in Indonesia, for their September 2009 climb to the summit of Carstensz Pyramid.

In exciting news from Nepal, half way across the world, Jordan Romero, Big Bear’s 13-year-old mountaineer extraordinaire, called us here at KBHR today, April 14, to share with Big Bear that he and dad Paul Romero and Karen Lundgren are right on schedule in their quest to summit Mt. Everest at 29,029’. “Things are going super-well,” says the Big Bear Middle School eighth grader. “We’re strong, we’re healthy and everything’s on track.” Already the climbing trio is at 15,000’ and should arrive at base camp on Everest in the next day or so. Before signing off in his message (which will air on 93.3 FM during today’s newscasts), he added, “We miss everything about Big Bear, and all you folks for supporting us. Keep in touch. Ad alta!” For background on Team Jordan Romero’s climb, read KBHR’s story: ‘Thirteen-Year-Old Jordan Romero Readies for the Climb of His Life; Trio Departs for Mt. Everest on April 5’
Update: Team Jordan Romero called us late night April 15 (making it Friday, April 16 in Nepal) to tell us that they have arrived safely at base camp on Mt. Everest–and, no, the trio was not affected by the 6.9 magnitude earthquake centered in China on April 13.