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Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Topic Author's Original Post - May 23, 2013 - 03:24am PT

Credit: digital.spy.co.uk

KATHMANDU: An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer on Thursday became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest although his record may last only a few days. An 81-year-old Nepalese man, who held the previous record, plans his own ascent next week.

On his expedition's website, Miura explained his attempt to scale Everest at such an advanced age: "It is to challenge (my) own ultimate limit. It is to honor the great Mother Nature."

He said a successful climb would raise the bar for what is possible.

"And if the limit of age 80 is at the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest place on earth, one can never be happier," he said.

Miura conquered the mountain despite undergoing heart surgery in January for irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, his fourth heart operation since 2007, according to his daughter. He also fractured his pelvis and left thigh bone in a 2009 skiing accident.

Miura became famous when he was a young man as a daredevil speed skier.

He skied down Everest's South Col in 1970, using a parachute to brake his descent. The feat was captured in the Oscar-winning 1975 documentary, "The Man Who Skied Down Everest." He has also skied down Mt. Fuji.

It wasn't until Miura was 70, however, that he first climbed all the way to the summit of Everest. When he summited again at 75, he claimed to be the only man to accomplish the feat twice in his 70s. After that, he said he was determined to climb again at age 80.
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
May 23, 2013 - 03:32am PT
Wow.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Topic Author's Reply - May 23, 2013 - 03:51am PT
I know. This guy puts even Donini to shame.
Guangzhou

Trad climber
Asia, Indonesia, East Java
May 23, 2013 - 05:15am PT
WOW is true
Ryan Tetz

Trad climber
Flagstaff, AZ
May 23, 2013 - 07:08am PT
What is hardcore?
Reeotch

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
May 23, 2013 - 07:38am PT
Yawn . . .
Captain...or Skully

climber
May 23, 2013 - 07:48am PT
There is no " Everest"...Old guys CAN hike into high places, though.
Props.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Topic Author's Reply - May 23, 2013 - 08:41am PT
And meanwhile I have to brag about the folks from Rolwaling, my home village in Nepal.

Rolwaling Excursions put 7 out of 8 of their international group, including several Indonesians, on the summit this morning - 15 altogether.

They are a Nepalese owned and operated business and for the record, had no part in the fight at Camp 2 this year.

https://www.facebook.com/rolwalingexcursion/posts/294473867355549
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
May 23, 2013 - 08:53am PT
Not my cup of tea perhaps but undeniably a fantastic accomplishment at age 80. Thanks for the share Jan.
Stewart Johnson

climber
lake forest
May 23, 2013 - 09:18am PT
Namaste!
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
May 23, 2013 - 09:30am PT
badass- I didn't know you still moved on yer own at eighty
JerryA

Mountain climber
Sacramento,CA
May 23, 2013 - 10:25am PT
Tom Goodwin ,retired owner of the Goodwin-Cole Ski Shop in Sacramento,CA., cycled the classic Tour de France Tourmalet and Alpe d'Huez routes at age 87 last Fall.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
May 23, 2013 - 10:58am PT
Looks a LOT like HUDON!
MH2

climber
May 23, 2013 - 11:26am PT
It gladdens me to see this gentleman again, having read his book The Man Who Skied Down Everest. Thanks for posting, Jan.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
May 23, 2013 - 11:29am PT
having read his book The Man Who Skied Down Everest.

This is the man who fell down Everest?
blahblah

Gym climber
Boulder
May 23, 2013 - 11:38am PT
This is the man who fell down Everest?

Yeah that's pretty much what happened, but it's a very good movie nonetheless IMO. Kind of a hippy period piece.
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
May 23, 2013 - 11:42am PT
He looks pretty well-preserved at 80! His next goal (obviously!) will be to do it at 85!
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
May 23, 2013 - 11:46am PT
He looks closer to 50 than 80, way to go dude!
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
May 23, 2013 - 12:18pm PT
You need glasses Elcap.
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
May 23, 2013 - 12:24pm PT

I think I may have met him in C-4 a cpl years back?

What ever happened to that film a Japanese crew was making about world class climbing areas and climbers that populate them?
Jan:
I know. This guy puts even Donini to shame.

Ahhhh only because Donnini isn't an avid skier !
(give ole Uncle Jimbo another decade and let's see what he pulls off!)

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