Friday, 24th May 2013
In General Japan News,
Japanese octogenarian becomes oldest man to beat Everest
A Japanese mountaineer is now the oldest person to successfully reach the top of Mount Everest, aged 80.
Yuichiro Miura's feat is even more unbelievable when you take into account that he has previously suffered from heart problems.
He reached the top of the highest mountain on Earth on Thursday morning (May 23rd).
This is not unfamiliar territory for Miura as he has made two previous successful attempts to scale Everest when he was a relatively youthful 70 and again aged 75.
The previous climber to hold the record was Min Bahadur Sherchan who achieved the feat back in 2008 when he was a mere 76.
Sherchan is now 81 and this Nepalese climber is hoping he may be able to take Miura's crown.
Speaking in an interview with ABC News, Alex Van Steen, an expeditions mountain guide said: "I think the myth to bust might be the fact that if an 80-year-old can do it, Everest must be easy. It's not that way."
Written by Mark Smith
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