Yuichiro Miura has become the oldest man to conquer the 29,035ft Himalayan peak of Mount Everest at the age of 80. Despite undergoing heart surgery in January, and breaking his pelvis and left thigh bone 4 years ago, he managed the climb for the third time in his life. Following the climb he is quoted as saying “This is the world’s best feeling, although I’m totally exhausted. Even at 80, I can still do quite well.”
His climb was closely followed by 81-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan who sadly had to turn back due to worsening weather conditions. Spring heat had made the slopes slippery and melted the ice chunks where ladders are fixed and ropes are tied.
photo by: Luca Galuzzi