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Octogenarians race to be oldest Everest climber

 In this Thursday, May 16, 2013 photo distributed by Miura Dolphins, 80-year-old Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura leaves the base camp at 5,300 mete...
 In this Thursday, May 16, 2013 photo distributed by Miura Dolphins, 80-year-old Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura, right, and his son, Gota, leave t...
 In this Friday, May 17, 2013 photo distributed by Miura Dolphins, 80-year-old Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura climbs through the Western Cwm glaci...
 In this Friday, May 17, 2013 photo distributed by Miura Dolphins, 80-year-old Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura, right, and his son, Gota, rest on t...
 In this Saturday, May 18, 2013 photo distributed by Miura Dolphins, 80-year-old Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura, right, is greeted by his friend c...
 FILE - In this May 31, 2008 file photo, Min Bahadur Sherchan, who became the oldest person to climb Mount Everest on May 25, 2008 smiles on his arriv...
 FILE - In this May 31, 2008 file photo, Min Bahadur Sherchan, center, who became the oldest person to climb Mount Everest on May 25, 2008 shakes hand...

Nepal Everest Japan Oldest Climber

In this Thursday, May 16, 2013 photo distributed by Miura Dolphins, 80-year-old Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura leaves the base camp at 5,300 mete...

Nepal Everest Japan Oldest Climber

In this Thursday, May 16, 2013 photo distributed by Miura Dolphins, 80-year-old Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura, right, and his son, Gota, leave t...

Nepal Everest Japan Oldest Climber

In this Friday, May 17, 2013 photo distributed by Miura Dolphins, 80-year-old Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura climbs through the Western Cwm glaci...

Nepal Everest Japan Oldest Climber

In this Friday, May 17, 2013 photo distributed by Miura Dolphins, 80-year-old Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura, right, and his son, Gota, rest on t...

Nepal Everest Japan Oldest Climber

In this Saturday, May 18, 2013 photo distributed by Miura Dolphins, 80-year-old Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura, right, is greeted by his friend c...

Nepal Everest Octogenarians

FILE - In this May 31, 2008 file photo, Min Bahadur Sherchan, who became the oldest person to climb Mount Everest on May 25, 2008 smiles on his arriv...

Nepal Everest Octogenarians

FILE - In this May 31, 2008 file photo, Min Bahadur Sherchan, center, who became the oldest person to climb Mount Everest on May 25, 2008 shakes hand...

An 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier who just missed becoming the oldest man to reach the summit of Mount Everest five years ago is back on the mountain to make another attempt at the title.
Unfortunately for him, the slightly older man who nabbed the record a day before he could in 2008 is fast on his heels.
On Wednesday, Yuichiro Miura was already in the oxygen-deficient "death zone" and hoped to reach the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit Thursday. His 81-year-old Nepalese rival Min Bahadur Sherchan was at the base camp preparing for his own attempt on the summit later this week.
On his expedition's website, Miura says he hopes a successful climb will raise the bar for what is possible.


Updated : 2021-07-29 13:53 GMT+08:00