Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Octogenarian Tries to Become Oldest to Climb Everest

Eighty-year-old Yuichiro Miura hopes to become the oldest person to reach the peak of Mount Everest when he attempts his third ascent this May, Agence France-Presse reports.

Miura first reached the summit of the 29,029-foot (8,848 meters) peak in 2003 at age 70, then conquered the notorious mountain again at 75. 

He was beaten to the record of oldest person to reach the summit of Everest by Min Bahadur Shercha, a 76-year-old Nepalese man who climbed to the peak one day before Miura in 2008 and is the current record-holder.

While achieving a third summit would return the record to Miura, he doesn't seem concerned about keeping it. 

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