80-year-old Japanese man scales Mt. Everest

everestKATHMANDU, NEPAL – It will take more than a busted pelvis, open heart surgery, and eighty candles on a cake to stop a Japanese man from conquering Mount Everest.

Eighty-year-old Yuichiro Miura became the oldest person to make it to the top of the world, about a week before the sixtieth anniversary of the first expedition to reach the top of Mt. Everest.

He trained for the climb by walking three times a week, carrying about sixty pounds on his back each time.

But this is not his first rodeo.

Miura made it to the peak in 2003 at the age of 70, and then again five years later.

And, here’s something for all you trivia buffs.

His father is a famous Japanese skier, who was the oldest person to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, at the age of 77. He lived to be almost 102.

Back in 1970, when Yuichiro was just a lad of 37, he skied down Mt. Everest, using a parachute to break his descent.

His feat was the subject of a 1975 documentary ‘The Man Who Skied Down Everest’, which became the first sports documentary to win an academy award.

This time, he’s going back down the old-fashion way, on foot.

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