The Man Who Skied Everest to Climb It at 80By Michael Frank on October 23rd, 2012
In 1970 the Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura became world famous as “The Man Who Skied Down Everest,” dropping 6,600 vert, attempting control his speed with a parachute, and nearly dying, falling another thousand-plus feet and stopping just short of tumbling off a huge cliff. In 2003 he surpassed himself, becoming the oldest person to climb the peak, at age 70. Then he did it again, at age 75. Well, last week a 76-year-old Nepalese climber summited and Miura now says he wants bragging rights again — and at 80 would certainly be the oldest climber to try it. He’ll be accompanied by his second son Gota Miura, 43, and Noriyuki Muraguchi, a 56-year-old photographer who has scaled Everest seven times and holds the record for the feat by a Japanese person. Via Asahi Shimbun.
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