No more Everest, says oldest to climb highest peak 登上峰頂的最年長者說:不再攻聖母峰

Sat, Jun 08, 2013 - Page 10

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.

(AP)

攀登聖母峰最年長者五月二十六日說,他不會做任何進一步攀登世界最高峰頂的嘗試—即使他的新紀錄或許很快就岌岌可危。

「我認為,攻頂三次夠了,」兩週前以八十歲高齡登上聖母峰頂的三浦雄一郎告訴記者。「此時我只想休息。」

與此同時,三浦八十一歲的對手、尼泊爾登山家舍川在聖母峰基地營,準備嘗試收復他征服世界第一峰最年長者的頭銜。舍川維持該紀錄五年,直到三浦奪走這項榮銜。

「我希望他鴻運當頭,」三浦以日文說,他四十三歲的兒子豪太擔任他的翻譯員;豪太上週與父親登上聖母峰頂。

不過,三浦堅持舍川必須以他在峰頂時,臉部清晰的照片證實他登頂成功的宣稱。

二○○八年五月,三浦以七十五歲高齡攀登聖母峰,但舍川提早一天,以七十六歲之齡完成這項壯舉。

三浦一月間因心律不整動心臟手術,這是他自二○○七年以來第四次心臟手術。他也因二○○九年的一場滑雪意外摔斷骨盆與左大腿骨。

(美聯社/翻譯:魏國金)