Tamae Watanabe, 73-year-old Japanese Woman, Scales Mount Eve


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Park Rat

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Topic Author's Original Post - May 20, 2012 - 07:43am PT

KATMANDU, Nepal -- A 73-year-old Japanese woman climbed to Mount Everest's peak Saturday, smashing her own record to again become the oldest woman to scale the world's highest mountain.

Tamae Watanabe reached Everest's 8,850-meter-high (29,035-foot-high) summit from the northern side of the mountain in Tibet on Saturday morning with four other team members, said Ang Tshering of the China Tibet Mountaineering Association in Nepal.

Watanabe had climbed Everest in 2002 at the age of 63 to become the oldest woman to scale the mountain. She had retained the title until she topped herself a decade later.

Tshering said Watanabe and the other team members are in good condition and are on their way back to the base of the mountain.
Watanabe and her team left the last high altitude camp located at 8,300 meters (27,225 feet) Friday night and climbed all night before reaching the summit Saturday morning.

Weather conditions have improved on the mountains this week.
Teams have begun reaching the summit even from the Nepalese side in the southern of the mountain, according to Nepal's mountaineering department.
The first teams from the Nepalese side reached the summit on Friday, and many more reached the summit on Saturday morning.

Weather conditions on the mountain have been challenging this year, prompting several expeditions to cancel their plans to try to reach the summit.

May is considered the best month to climb Everest, when climbers get about two windows of good weather for their bid for the summit.

The oldest person to climb Everest is a Nepalese man, Min Bahadur Sherchan, who climbed Everest in 2008 at the age of 76.

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
May 20, 2012 - 12:34pm PT
Here she is !

steve shea

May 20, 2012 - 12:39pm PT
I'd be more impressed if she ran ten six minute miles!

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
May 20, 2012 - 12:41pm PT

Well I'm in my mid 60's and I'm impressed!

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
May 20, 2012 - 01:13pm PT
Impressive and unstoppable Tamae makes a fine roll model for all seniors.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
May 20, 2012 - 01:38pm PT
Wow. Given enough fixed rope and oxygen bottles pre-placed by your high altitude porters, even people with no business being there can reach the summit of Everest. There is even a crowd, it looks like.

One big storm, and how many would end up dead?

I am not raining on this lady's very impressive achievement, and good on her. Unless, of course, she got short-roped all the way up!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
May 20, 2012 - 03:51pm PT
After a brief one-day trip to Yosemite Valley, having talked with Merry B. about her accomplishments and the need to keep active, this "wannabe," after not one, but two, ascents of the world's highest, both at "rather advanced" ages, how does anyone in the whole damn world have the gall to deny this (these) accomplishments? Steve, really...find a grip.

If your goal is the highest, not even swarms of wannabes should put one off.

But at your advanced age, this may not be a reality for you, to try one more time. I understand how you may feel, but she deserves the kudos (is that a Japanese word?). Lol forever.

Lol="little old ladies"
steve shea

May 20, 2012 - 05:51pm PT
OK mousie I'll be impressed for you.

Ice climber
Chula Vista, CA
May 20, 2012 - 06:31pm PT
I'd be more impressed if she ran ten six minute miles!

She did. Unless I'm mis-reading here, she clocked 59:30 for ten miles (while wearing Da Brim).

Eine 73-jährige Japanerin hat als bisher älteste Frau den Mount Everest bestiegen und damit ihren eigenen Rekord gebrochen. Tamae Watanabe erreichte den Gipfel des höchsten Berges der Erde gemeinsam mit vier Begleitern am Samstag in der Früh, wie Ang Tshering von der China-Tibet-Bergsteigervereinigung sagte. Die Gruppe stieg über die Nordseite des Everests auf. Watanabe und ihren Begleitern gehe es gut, sagte Tshering. Watanabe hatte den rund 8.850 Metern hohen Berg bereits 2002 bestiegen. Und auch, lief sie 16.09344 kilometers in neunundfünfzig und einem halben mit Da Brim.



Social climber
May 20, 2012 - 10:50pm PT
hey there say, park rat.... wow, very neat share...

she sure has her goals, :)
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