Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013

Japan man, 80, plans 3rd assault on Everest

Yuichiro Miura

Yuichiro Miura

A thrill-seeking Japanese octogenarian yesterday said his third assault on Mount Everest will be the “ultimate anti-ageing” remedy, despite his recurring heart troubles.
Yuichiro Miura is readying to begin his third ascent of the 8,848-metre- (29,028-foot) peak and recapture a record he previously held for being the oldest person to scale the world’s highest mountain.
The 80-year-old heads to Kathmandu next week and is scheduled to begin his climb in May, aiming to repeat a feat he first achieved in 2003 at the sprightly age of 70.
“When I was 75, I did it again and realised nothing is impossible,” the adventurer said in Tokyo.
“Making another attempt at 80 will boost my courage, willpower and motivation, bringing the ultimate anti-ageing effect as a result.”
His 2003 record was broken in 2007 when fellow Japanese Katsusuke Yanagisawa scaled the summit when he was 71.
Miura conquered Everest for the second time in May 2008, just one day after Min Bahadur Sherchan made it to the top at the age of 76. The Nepalese is the current world record holder, according to Guinness World Records.
Miura made world headlines in 1970 when he became the first person to ski down Everest — from an 8,000-metre point on the South Col route.
His parachute-aided descent was documented in the 1975 film “The Man Who Skied Down Everest” which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.