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 their way to a camp at 6,500 meters (21,325 feet) from a camp at 6,050 meters (19,849 feet) during their attempt to scale the summit of Mount Everest. According to his management office, Miura plans to reach the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak on Thursday, May 23 to be the world's oldest person to reach the world's highest peak. (AP Photo/Miura Dolphins) MANDATORY CREDIT
Japanese climber, 80, is the oldest to reach the top of Everest
The Associated Press
First Published May 22 2013 09:51 pm • Last Updated May 22 2013 09:52 pm
Katmandu, Nepal • A Nepalese official says 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura has become the oldest man to reach the top of Mount Everest.
Miura, who also conquered the 29,035-foot peak when he was 70 and 75, reached the summit at 9:05 a.m. local time Thursday, according to his support team in Tokyo. Miura called them from the summit to report the news.
Nepalese mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha, at Everest base camp, confirmed that Miura had reached the summit, making him the oldest person to do so.
The previous age record holder was Nepal’s Min Bahadur Sherchan, who accomplished the feat at age 76 in 2008.
Sherchan, now 81, was preparing for his own attempt on the summit next week.
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