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Wednesday, 11th April 2012
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Japanese pensioner to attempt Everest record

A Japanese pensioner is hoping to get her name into the record books with her latest attempt to climb the world's tallest mountain.

Eiko Funahashi will head to Nepal next week to begin her attempt at becoming the oldest woman to climb Mount Everest, the Japan Times said.

A former patent lawyer from the Japanese capital, Tokyo, Ms Funahashi will take a plan to Lukla in Nepal on April 17th, before she begins her trek to Everest's base camp.

Once she reaches the camp, Ms Funahashi will acclimatise to the altitude and thin air before undertaking the climb at the beginning of May, according to the Kathmandu agency organising her expedition.

It is not the first time the adventurer has made the attempt, however. In 2006 and 2010 she was forced to abandon her attempts to conquer the famous peak, but she is hoping that this will be third time lucky.

The current oldest woman to climb the mountain is another Japanese, Tame Watanabe, who made it to the top at the age of 63 ten years ago.

Mount Everest is 8,848m tall and was named after Sir George Everest, the former British surveyor general of India.

Written by Kimberley Homer

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