A Japanese climber who scaled Mount Everest last year at the age of 75 said Thursday he has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest person to reach the world’s highest peak.

Yuichiro Miura, who conquered Mount Everest despite having undergone two heart operations, had earlier congratulated Nepal’s Min Bahadur Sherchan, who was said to be 77 and reached the summit just two days before Miura.

But Miura’s office showed a certificate from Guinness World Records, which gave him the title as the Nepalese climber failed to submit documents to prove his record. A Guinness spokesman was not immediately available to comment.

A veteran climber, Miura was the first person to ski down Everest’s South Col in 1970, a feat immortalized in an Oscar-winning documentary.

“Humanity always takes up the challenge to explore alien territory and I myself would like to continue striving to reach a new goal, no matter how old I get,” Miura said.

Source: Google News via Japundit


2 thoughts on “Miura Climbs Everest, Sets World Record

  1. Incredible! I just finished reading his book with Eric Perlman “The Man Who Skied Down Everest”. I had no idea he was still alive and now at age 75 he returns to the highest peak in the world and climbs it. Would like to learn more about his training and how he gets acclimatized. I have a incline trainer i.e. treadmill and my pack is a little over 44lbs (later will add my camera and photo accessories in a chest pack- 8lbs) The low oxygen chamber must be rather expensive? He eats a healthy diet which he mentions in his book. Dried fish, seaweed (kombu etc.) soba. Most of all he is a great warrior and loves life.

    1. Yes, he is still alive and well 🙂 Unfortunately, I don’t know about his training methods, but I suspect that he climbed other mountains before attempting Everest. Indeed, good food and exercise are important, but low oxygen chamber might be too expensive. Good luck in your journey 🙂

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