80-year-old daredevil becomes oldest to climb Mount Everest
Yuichiro Miura, 80, reached the top of Mount Everest on Thursday morning. He became the oldest to accomplish the feat, though his record could be broken next week by an 81-year-old Nepalese man. Miura has had four heart surgeries since 2007.
Yuichiro Miura scaled Mount Everest at age 70 and 75, but even he didn’t think he could do it now.
When he reached the 29,035-foot peak Thursday morning, the Japanese mountaineer called his Tokyo-based support team with the news.
"I made it!" Miura said over the phone, according to the Associated Press. "I never imagined I could make it to the top of Mt. Everest at age 80. This is the world's best feeling, although I'm totally exhausted. Even at 80, I can still do quite well."
Also a daredevil skier, Miura has had four heart operations since 2007, his daughter told the AP. He fractured his pelvis and left thigh bone in a 2009 skiing accident. On his website, he wrote that he wanted to climb Everest “to challenge (my) own ultimate limit. It is to honor the great Mother Nature,” according to the AP.
"And if the limit of age 80 is at the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest place on earth, one can never be happier."
Miura skied down Everest’s South Col in 1970, according to the AP. The feat is the subject of the Oscar-winning 1975 documentary, “The Man Who Skied Down Everest.”
Miura’s status as the oldest person to scale Everest could end next week, however, when an 81-year-old Nepalese man, Min Bahadur Sherchan, attempts the feat. Sherchan also did it at age 76.
Our Latest Stories
The Great American Race is set to kick off on Sunday in Daytona, beginning NASCAR's 2017 s...
Find out how to watch the Daytona 500 on Sunday, including live streaming options on mobil...
Daytona International Speedway is gearing up for its 2017 winner to be named Sunday
Match predictions, rumors and all the information you need heading into WrestleMania 33 in...
It was a surreal moment for many WWE fans in Los Angeles on Monday night
Most famous for ending Sammartino's first title reign, Koloff was a marquee villain