An 80-year-old Japanese climber reached the summit of Mount Everest on Thursday, becoming the oldest person to scale the world’s highest mountain, his website and a Nepalese official said.
Yuichiro Miura and his party arrived at the summit at around 9am (0315 GMT), according to the website. Until Thursday morning, the Nepalese had been the world record holder, according to Guinness World Records. Upon achieving his goal, Miura said:
I feel like the happiest person in the world. How could I have come so far at the world’s oldest age of 80. I have never felt like this in my life. But I’ve never been more exhausted than this. I can see the scenery of the Himalayas below me. I really thank every one of you for your support.
It was his third conquest of the 8,848-metre (29,028-foot) peak, and his latest feat means he recaptures the record he previously held for being the oldest person to climb Everest. He previously reached the summit when he was 70 and 75. His 2003 record was broken in 2007 when fellow Japanese Katsusuke Yanagisawa scaled the summit when he was 71 years old.
Miura conquered Everest for the second time in May 2008, just one day after Nepal’s Min Bahadur Sherchan made it to the top at the age of 76.
Miura was now climbing back down the mountain, a Nepalese tourism official said, confirming the successful ascent. “He reached the summit this morning and is currently descending to camp four”, the official, Gyanendra Shrestha, told AFP from Everest Base Camp.