Kathmandu, Nepal – Yuichiro Miura of Japan has embarked on a journey to the highest point on Earth: Mount Everest. For Miura, he his journey is a labor of love, and he is not driven by glory to be the oldest person to ever climb Mount Everest. However, if he is successful, Miura, at age 80, will have accomplished that very record. Miura has experience on his side. He has twice climbed the mountain successfully both in the past decade.
In 1970, he skied down a portion of Mount Everest that stands at 26,246 feet above sea-level. Miura is enjoying life to the fullest and even has addition aspirations for future journeys should he live long enough. He told reporters that if he can live until age 85, he would like to ski down Cho Oyu from an altitude of 26,906.
What makes his journey all the more remarkable is that he has endured four heart surgeries in his lifetime. Now, Miura is not trifling with his health. He has trained properly, and a heart doctor is part of the climbing team that is accompanying Miura. The doctor will monitor his health condition throughout the trip.
Japan man, 80, starts Everest ascent