80-year old mountain climber Yuichiro Miura of Japan became the oldest person ever to scale Mount Everest, reaching the summit at 9:05 a.m. local time pn May 23rd according to a Nepalese mountaineering official and Miura’s Tokyo-based support team. Even more impressive than just his age is the fact that he did it despite undergoing heart surgery in January.
The previous oldest Nepal’s Min Bahadur Sherchan, who made the ascent when he was 76, five years ago, however stated that he hopes to regain his title next year.
The old-age climb was just the latest in a lifetime of daring feats for Miura, a former extreme skier and subject of a 1975 documentary, “The Man Who Skied Down Everest,” about his daredevil skiing trip down the mountain’s famous South Col.
The Everest ascent was captured on video by Japanese news agency Kyodo from 10 kilometres away, using a camera crew at 5,500 metres elevation on another mountain.
“We have arrived at the summit,” Miura said in a radio transmission to Kyodo from the world’s highest point. “80 years and 7 months. … The world’s most incredible mountaineering team had helped me all the way up here.”
Miura and his son Gota also called his daughter Emili over the phone telling her “I never imagined I could make it to the top of Mount Everest at age 80. This is the world’s best feeling, although I’m totally exhausted. Even at 80, I can still do quite well.”