Japan Climber Becomes Oldest to Scale Everest

Yuichiro Miura, now 80, first conquered mountain at sprightly age of 70

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 23, 2013 6:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest today—though 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 9:05am local time. Miura and his son Gota made a phone call from the summit, prompting his daughter Emili to smile broadly and clap her hands in footage on Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

"I made it!" Miura said over the phone. "I never imagined I could make it to the top of Mount Everest at age 80. This is the world's best feeling." The climbers planned to take pictures at the summit before starting their descent. The previous oldest was Nepal's Min Bahadur Sherchan, who accomplished the feat at age 76 in 2008. Sherchan, now 81, is preparing to scale the peak next week. Miura conquered the mountain despite heart surgery in January for arrhythmia, his fourth heart operation since 2007. "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. Everest has been in the news quite a bit lately.

In this May 22, 2013 photo, 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier Yuichiro Miura, right, and his son, Gota pose at their South Col camp at 26,247 feet.
In this May 22, 2013 photo, 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier Yuichiro Miura, right, and his son, Gota pose at their South Col camp at 26,247 feet.   (AP Photo/Miura Dolphins Co. Ltd.)
In this Tuesday, May 21, 2013 photo, 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier Yuichiro Miura rests as he goes through the South Col pass.
In this Tuesday, May 21, 2013 photo, 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier Yuichiro Miura rests as he goes through the South Col pass.   (AP Photo/Miura Dolphins)
A team of climbers led by 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura stand on the summit of Mount Everest on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
A team of climbers led by 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura stand on the summit of Mount Everest on Thursday, May 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
A team of climbers, right, led by 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura approach the summit of Mount Everest on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
A team of climbers, right, led by 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura approach the summit of Mount Everest on Thursday, May 23, 2013.   ((AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT)
In this May 22, 2013 photo, 80-year-old extreme skier Yuichiro Miura, left, uses oxygen mask as son Gota sips green tea as they rest in a tent at South Col camp at 26,247 feet.
In this May 22, 2013 photo, 80-year-old extreme skier Yuichiro Miura, left, uses oxygen mask as son Gota sips green tea as they rest in a tent at South Col camp at 26,247 feet.   ((AP Photo/Miura Dolphins Co. Ltd.) MANDATORY CREDIT)
In this May 31, 2008 file photo, Min Bahadur Sherchan, who became the oldest person to climb Mount Everest on May 25, 2008 shakes hands on his arrival in Katmandu, Nepal.
In this May 31, 2008 file photo, Min Bahadur Sherchan, who became the oldest person to climb Mount Everest on May 25, 2008 shakes hands on his arrival in Katmandu, Nepal.   (Binod Joshi)
In this May 31, 2008 file photo, Min Bahadur Sherchan, who became the oldest person to climb Mount Everest on May 25, 2008 smiles on his arrival in Katmandu, Nepal.
In this May 31, 2008 file photo, Min Bahadur Sherchan, who became the oldest person to climb Mount Everest on May 25, 2008 smiles on his arrival in Katmandu, Nepal.   (Binod Joshi)
ADDS LOCATION - From left: Emiri Miura, daughter, and Tomoko Miura, wife of 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura speaks with him immediately after he conquered the summit of Mount Everest, at Miura's office in Tokyo on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Miura on Thursday became the oldest person to reach the...
ADDS LOCATION - From left: Emiri Miura, daughter, and Tomoko Miura, wife of 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura speaks with him immediately after he conquered the summit of Mount Everest,...   ((AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT)
Students celebrate after a report that 80-year-old mountaineer Yuichiro Miura conquered the summit of Mount Everest, at CLARK Memorial International High School in Tokyo, Thursday, May 23, 2013.
Students celebrate after a report that 80-year-old mountaineer Yuichiro Miura conquered the summit of Mount Everest, at CLARK Memorial International High School in Tokyo, Thursday, May 23, 2013.   ((AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT)
A team of climbers led by 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura stand on the summit of Mount Everest on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
A team of climbers led by 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura stand on the summit of Mount Everest on Thursday, May 23, 2013.   ((AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT)
In this Tuesday, May 21, 2013 photo, 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier Yuichiro Miura and son, Gota, eat hand-rolled sushi inside a tent at their South Col camp at 26,247 feet.
In this Tuesday, May 21, 2013 photo, 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier Yuichiro Miura and son, Gota, eat hand-rolled sushi inside a tent at their South Col camp at 26,247 feet.   (AP Photo/Miura Dolphins)
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