Yuichiro Miura, an 80 year-old climber from Japan, has become the oldest person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest on Thursday, in his third successful attempt to conquer the 8,848-meter mountain.
Miura and his Sherpas left the last of the six base camps at 8,500 meters shortly after 2 a.m. local time and reached the peak less than seven hours later, according to Kyodo news agency.
Miura broke the record of Nepali climber Min Bahadur Sherchan who conquered the world’s highest peak five years ago, at the age of 76. Sherchan, now 81, is also reported to be making another attempt on the summit.
Miura called climbing Mount Everest the “ultimate anti-ageing” remedy, despite his recurring heart troubles. “It is boosting my courage, willpower and motivation, bringing the ultimate anti-ageing effect as a result,” he said.
He broke his own record obtained in 2003 for being the oldest person to scale the world’s highest mountain. He was 70 years old back then.
Miura became internationally famous in 1970, when he became the first person to ski down Everest, from an altitude of 8,000 metres. His adventure was documented in the 1975 film “The Man Who Skied Down Everest” which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.