Japanese skier went on incredible journey to become oldest man to climb Everest

Written by on August 31, 2023

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Yuichiro Miura (Japan) made his way to the summit of the world’s highest mountain to break a record that still stands 10 years on.

The skier is the oldest person to climb Everest (male). He was 80 years 223 days old when he scaled the mountain on 23 May 2013.

This was actually the third time Yuichiro secured the record.

He first broke it in 2003 when he was 70 years 222 days old, but three years later, Takao Arayama (Japan) took it at age 70 years 225 days.

A couple others broke the record in the following years, before Yuichiro took it back in 2008 and then secured it again at an older age in 2013, even though no one older had done it since.

The feat also makes him the oldest person to climb a mountain over 8,000 m.

And it’s also worth noting he underwent two heart surgeries for cardiac arrythmia – an irregularity in the heartbeat – in 2006 and 2007.

Yuichiro was featured in a video made for our 60th anniversary that examined many of the amazing feats conquered on Everest.

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