80-year-old Japanese man set to conquer Mount Everest
A veteran Japanese mountaineer is eyeing to break his own record for the world's oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 80.
Alpinist Yuichiro Miura announced the challenge, slated for this spring, at a news conference on his 80th birthday on Oct. 12, Japan Times Online reported.
Miura, who was born in Aomori Prefecture, learned how to ski from his father, Keizo Miura. He competed as an Alpine skier and later turned professional, becoming the first person to ski down Mount Everest in 1970 when he was 37 years old.
By 1985 he completed his adventure of descending the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each of the seven continents, on skis.
At the age of 70, Miura became the world's oldest person to climb to the summit of Everest.
He took it one step higher by again reaching the summit at age 75 and is now hoping to break his own record once more at 80.