80-year-old is oldest to reach top of Mount Everest

  • Updated: May 23, 2013 - 6:04 PM

An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest on Thursday — 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. Yuichiro Miura, who also conquered the 29,035-foot peak when he was 70 and 75, reached the summit at 9:05 a.m., according to a Nepalese mountaineering official and Miura’s Tokyo-based support team. Miura and his son Gota made a phone call from the summit, telling his daughter Emili and his wife, Tomoko: “I made it! I never imagined I could make it to the top of Mount Everest at age 80. This is the world’s best feeling, although I’m totally exhausted. Even at 80, I can still do quite well.”

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