Meet the Oldest Japanese Mt. Everest Climber
Yuichiro Miura is the oldest mountain climber at the age of 80. This Japanese with four heart surgeries, became the oldest person to climb Mount Everest, the highest mountain of the world.
Taking the usual southeast ridge route, Yuichiro Miura, followed in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay some 60 years back to stride up the whooping 29,028 feet mountain. He broke the record of a 76 years old Nepali who in 2008 climbed the Everest.
In this journey he had three Japanese people coming with him. The group also had Miura’s son, and six other Nepali sherpas. He described his feelings to a family member and the supporters in Tokyo saying, “It feels great.” He spoke from the summit through a satellite phone.
Miura, had previously taken the plunge of climbing the Everest for the first time in 2003 and again 5 years he felt the pangs of climbing and repeated his attempt successfully, becoming the oldest man to climb the Mount Everest.Meet the Oldest Japanese Mt. Everest Climber.
At 8,500 metres (27,887 ft), Miura spent the night in the Balcony or the so called “death zone” before he took his final plunge, instead of the 8,000 metre to the South Co route,l which is majority of the climbers use as a place for resting, before they go for the final climb, according to Gyanendra Shrestha, a official of the Nepal Tourism Ministry. Gyanendra Shrestha, further stated that Yuichiro Miura, had in fact, made it atop of the 8,848 metre at approx 8:45am on Thursday morning. He was accompanied by his son Gota, who is also a physician.
Earlier Miura had set his records on reaching atop the 8,848-metre in 2003 when he was 70 years old and again in 2008 when his age was 75. His journey was watched closely by people in Japan through daily broadcasts, phone calls and snaps taken during the climb. This also included the night when the group had Japanese tea accompanied by hand-rolled sushi by the mountain in their tent.
Miura’s fame was always associated with mountaineering, adventure sports and especially the Everest. Following in footsteps of his father, He had began his journey to fame as he skied down the Everest in 1970 from the South Col. This was documented and met with great appreciation. Since then he went on to take up skiing expeditions from the highest peaks located in 7 the continents. Keizo, Miura’s late father skied down Mont Blanc in Europe when he was 99 years old.
Miura went through rigorous training sessions in Tokyo for climbing the Everest with weights and his workout sessions included treadmill workouts in a special room with low oxygen facility at his home. During preparations Miura walked with 5 kg load to each of his legs. He continued walking thrice a week as he lifted 25 kilo weight on his back. Despite a heart surgery and a broken hip in an accident two years back, Miura never gave up on his spirit to make it to the peak.
Since the phenomenal May 1953 stride, apparently 4000 climbers have taken the plunge to reach atop Everest and as many as 240 have perished along its slopes.
In fact, Miura is not the first to set the records straight among the Everest climbers this season. Raha Moharrak was the first woman from Saudi Arabia to reach the peak, and Sudarshan Gautam, a Canadian of Nepali origin, lost both his arms due to an accident and yet made it to the Everest summit.
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