May 242013

Yuichiro Miura

KATHMANDU: Age has never been a bar for Yuichiro Miura who became the world’s oldest person to climb Mount Everest on Thursday at 80. This was the Japanese climber’s third trip to the summit, having scaled it first at the age of 70 in 2003 and repeating the feat five years later. He broke the record set by a Nepali who climbed Everest at the age of 76 in 2008.

In a Interview He told, “This is the best feeling in the world. I never thought I would reach the summit. This is the happiest moment of my life,” he said in a phone call to his daughter in Tokyo soon after reaching the 8,848-metre summit. Miura reached the top at about 8.45am along with his physician son Gota, mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha said from the base camp.

“I am still healthy and strong. I think I have a good chance to reach the summit of Everest,” Miura had said before setting out. A broken hip following an accident two years ago and a heart surgery in January this year didn’t deter his zeal. Miura said he had been undergoing training in Tokyo lifting 5 kg load on each leg and walking three times a week with a load of 25 to 30 kg on his back. But Miura’s record may be short-lived . An 81-year-old Nepalese man plans his ascent to the peak next week.

Contributed By Sonia Narula

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