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Friday, 22nd March 2013
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Japanese man in his 80s plans to climb Everest for 3rd time

An 80-year-old Japanese man has planned his third trip up Everest, despite having heart troubles.

Yuichiro Miura says climbing the 8,848 metre mountain again will be the "ultimate anti-ageing" remedy and hopes to reclaim his previous record for being the oldest person to conquer the peak.

The adventure-hungry 80-year-old said: "When I was 75, I did it again and realised nothing was impossible."

He first climbed Everest in 2003 at age 70, but fellow countryman Katsusuke Yanagisawa broke his 2003 record in 2007 at the age of 71. He said that making another attempt will boost his willpower, courage and motivation, despite suffering from heart arrhythmia.

The Japanese man made headlines across the world when he skied 8,000 metres from Everest in 1970. His parachute-aided feat was put in the 1975 film "The man who skied down Everest" which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary.

He wasn't even put off when he had a skiing accident in 2009 which broke his pelvis and fractured his thigh.

Yuichiro Miura plans to fly to Kathmandu next week and is scheduled to start climbing in May ten years after he first managed the feat.

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