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.