80-Year-Old Climbers Vie For Record Of Oldest
To Summit Everest
by Kraig Becker (RSS feed) on May 9th 2013 at 8:00AM
Two octogenarians are preparing to go head-to-head to determine who will hold
the record for the oldest to summit Mt. Everest; 81-year-old Min Bahadur
Sherchan of Nepal and his 80-year-old rival Yuichiro Miura of Japan are both
currently in Everest Base Camp on the South Side of the mountain. Sometime in
the next couple of weeks, the two climbers will set out for the 29,029-foot
summit as they both look to fulfill a dream of climbing Everest in their
eighth decade. Setting a new mark for the oldest person to accomplish that
feat would simply be icing on the cake.
Unsurprisingly, the rivalry between these two climbers is a bit one-sided.
Sherchan says that he hasn't returned to Everest in an effort to keep his
record but instead he simply wants to attempt to climb the mountain in his
80s. Miura on the other hand is quoted as saying, "records are meant to be
broken." Clearly he would relish the opportunity to claim this crown for
himself. In order to do that, however, he must first reach the summit and then
hope that Serchan does not.
[Photo Credit: Min Bahadur Sherchan]
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