The oldest person to climb Mount Everest said on May 26 that he will not make any further attempts to scale the world’s highest peak — even though his new record may soon be in jeopardy.
“I think three times is enough,”Yuichiro Miura, who reached the top of Everest at the age of 80 two weeks ago, told reporters. “At this point I could not think of anything but rest.”
Meanwhile, Miura’s 81-year-old rival, Nepalese climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, was at Everest’s base camp preparing to attempt to regain his title as the oldest to conquer the mountain. Sherchan held the record for five years until Miura snatched the title.
“I wish him best of luck, “ Miura said in Japanese, with his son Gota, 43, who reached the top of Everest with his father last week, serving as his interpreter.
Miura, however, insisted that Sherchan back up any claim of scaling Everest’s peak with clear photographs of the climber showing his face at the summit.
Miura had climbed Everest in May 2008 at age 75, but Sherchan did the same a day earlier at 76.
Miura underwent heart surgery in January for an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, his fourth heart operation since 2007. He also broke his pelvis and left thigh bone in a 2009 skiing accident.