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At 80, Japanese man becomes oldest to scale Mount Everest

May 23, 2013

Climbing Mount Everest is recognized as one of the most challenging feats in the world. Aside from being the tallest mountain on Earth, Everest's treacherous landscape and harsh conditions make it considerably dangerous, which is what makes Yuichiro Miura's recent accomplishment so impressive. At 80 years old, the Japanese man became the oldest person ever to scale the famous peak, according to The Associated Press.

Miura is certainly no stranger to taking active senior living to its highest levels. He is a former extreme skier and has made it to the summit twice before - once when he was 70 and again at 75. The climb was especially impressive given that Miura had heart surgery less than six months ago, his fourth such operation since 2006. Upon reaching the summit, even Miura was surprised about his accomplishment.

"I never imagined I could make it to the top of Mount Everest at age 80. This is the world's best feeling, although I'm totally exhausted. Even at 80, I can still do quite well," he said over the phone, according to the AP. 

Interestingly, Miura is not the only octogenarian on Everest, and he might not hold on to the record for much longer. Nepalese climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, 81, was not far behind him at the time he reached the summit. 

The pair is only a fraction of the older adults surprising the world with their athletic skill in recent years. In 2011, Alan Moore, a 61-year-old Vietnam veteran, made the cut as the kicker for the Faulkner University football team. According to, that made Moore the first person in his 60s to play football at any level. However, the oldest collegiate athlete ever is Ken Mink, who played basketball for Lees (Ky.) Junior College at age 73.