Oldest Climber Rescued From Everest

Yuichiro Miura safely back in Nepal via helicopter after bout with bad weather

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 26, 2013 6:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – The oldest climber to ever scale Mount Everest has made it off the mountain with his record—and his hide—intact. Bad weather, including poor visibility, had scotched Yuichiro Miura's attempt yesterday to leave the mountain, but a brief improvement today allowed a helicopter to swoop in and pick up the 80-year-old former extreme skier, reports the AP. Upon arriving at Katmandu's airport, Miura told reporters he was happy with his record, brief though it may be: 81-year-old rival Min Bahadur Sherchan is still on the mountain, hoping to reclaim the title.

Yuichiro Miura, right, who has had four heart operations in recent years, stands atop the summit of Mount Everest, Thursday, May 23, 2013.
Yuichiro Miura, right, who has had four heart operations in recent years, stands atop the summit of Mount Everest, Thursday, May 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/MIURA DOLPHINS CO., LTD.)
Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, 80, who became the oldest conqueror of Mount Everest, takes a break at Lukla airport, Nepal, Sunday, May 26, 2013.
Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, 80, who became the oldest conqueror of Mount Everest, takes a break at Lukla airport, Nepal, Sunday, May 26, 2013.   (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Yuichiro Miura, 80, shows a v-sign with his son Gota, left, upon arrival at Katmandu airport, Nepal, after returning from Mount Everest, Sunday, May 26, 2013.
Yuichiro Miura, 80, shows a v-sign with his son Gota, left, upon arrival at Katmandu airport, Nepal, after returning from Mount Everest, Sunday, May 26, 2013.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
80-year-old Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, who became the oldest conqueror of Mount Everest on Thursday, waves after returning via helicopter, Sunday, May 26, 2013.
80-year-old Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, who became the oldest conqueror of Mount Everest on Thursday, waves after returning via helicopter, Sunday, May 26, 2013.   (Associated Press)
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